How do you make the most out of your canine-centric adventures, especially while balancing life, health, and safety? With most everything we do and learn, small steps can make the biggest impact. Here are four tips to ensure your outings can be a walk in the park!
Tip #1: Teach dogs what you want them TO do, then reward them for it. If dogs don’t know what it is we want from them, how are they supposed to know what the better choice is? It’s up to us to teach them these life skills.
Tip #2: Determine what you want your dog doing in a given situation. Envision this behavior in your mind. Be ready to capture it when it happens and then reward him for doing it! Petting, praise, a round of tug, and/or a treat to tell him “Yes! That’s what I want!” can work wonders.
Tip #3: No time to teach or train? That’s okay! And, that’s real life. Sometimes we don’t have the time or patience that day. But, we can still make a big difference by managing our dogs’ environments, to help prevent them from performing behaviors we don’t want.
Tip #4: Interrupt and redirect! This mantra can be used for when your dog is doing something you’d prefer him not to do. Gently and lovingly interrupt him, ask him to do something you do want, then reward him for that instead. Dogs will soon learn which behaviors are more beneficial to them!
Here’s to unleashing adventures and harnessing fun! And, keeping it simple!