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The "EXTREMES" of Dog Training - by Jean Marcellus, PCE Trainer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Saturday, 01 September 2012 11:14

While most training sessions have ups & downs, I'm often asked: How can I go from “WOW! That’s the best my dog has ever done” one day, to..."My dog has lost its mind” the next?!

Here's how to deal with those extremes, without destroying the dog’s trust.  First: let's look at the BIG picture: You’ve been faithfully training them for a while now.  They're starting to understand what the command means & doing it well.  Then one day, they look as if to say: "I've never heard THAT command before.  You want me to do WHAT?"

Don't get angry, because your dog is affected by your feelings.  Just keep things positive, smile & help the dog understand exactly what it is you want.  Afterwards, ask the dog to sit, reward them & end the training session on a positive note.  You can always try again later.

If on the other hand, you've been training a particular command - and your dog gives you their best performance EVER, do not repeat.  Simply SMILE & REWARD THEM for a job well-done!  Then end the training session.  'Til next time, may you always be a Positive Trainer!winkJean


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