How do you see your dog?
This might sound like a weird question, I know, but it can make all the difference in the world on whether or not training for your dog is successful. So I want you to take a minute and look at your dog. Go ahead I’ll wait. You back? Great, so what did you say to yourself when you looked at them? Did you say “I love you” or “you are the best” or was it something close to “you may look cute now, but you cause me so much trouble”? Do you find you get irritated or anxious about your dog more often than you get to enjoy them? Do you see other people enjoying time with their dog and get jealous? I know because I’ve been there! Why does the thing you love so much have to cause you so much grief?!
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Well, I want to help you start to change that. I want your young Golden Doodle or German Shepherd to be your best friend, not your enemy. This goes for all of you out there that have an aging Labrador Retriever or a Pitbull. It doesn’t matter how young or old your dog is, things can change! Through the years I have had successful clients who changed everything to make training work. I mean they reached for the moon and they got it! I have also had clients who wanted a quick fix and were lackluster about the training and thus found it difficult to change the situation. It doesn’t matter where you are from or how old you are, if you want things to change and you believe they will…then they will.
You may be asking how you do this and I have a simple answer, start off slow. Don’t try to change everything overnight because it will NEVER work. Don’t ask too much of yourself or your dog because you are just setting yourself up for failure. So, tonight before bed I want you to look at your dog, even if you are mad at them, and if you are not, wonderful, and tell them something simple, something sincere. An example could be “good sit, Spot” or “I’m so proud that you came back to me when I called”. Do this every day! Eventually it will grow bigger. You will start noticing things like when Spot lets you put the leash on him without much fight or the first time he brings back the ball without you having to play a game of keep away. Build on the positive and the negative will start to fade away.
After you have noticed the change and you are excited to learn more call me because when you have a great outlook on something, sky’s the limit!