• Rob McNeil

2021 Dog training: Steps to Success!

First of all, a very belated Happy New Year! Already we're nearing the end of January and I'm only just getting round to posting my first blog post of the year! I have a feeling 2021 is going to fly by.

If you, like many dog owners, have made the new year's resolution to spend more time with your dog, then I have some top tips for you to make the most out of your relationship. There are some pearls of wisdom which I would like to share with you today that will help you start or continue your dog training journey.

#1 - There is no such thing as a bad dog!

No matter of age, breed, size or temperament no dog is a bad dog. Why? Because all dogs have the capability of being a loving family pet. You too can train your dog to be your best friend and companion.

#2 - The best way to train a dog is slowly

Training a dog is much like training ourselves at something new. You wouldn't start running and then the next day attempt to run a marathon (in truth, I probably would but that's not the point!) OK another example: you wouldn't take up shot put and then apply for the GB shot-putting team. You get the gist. Just like everything, training your dog will take patience, commitment and consistency. But your time is the best thing you can give to your dog.

#3 - You can teach an old dog new tricks

Forget how the saying goes. Of course you can teach an old dog new tricks. Providing you find the right motivator for your dog, then you'll be able to teach your old dog as quickly as you would a puppy.

#4 - Every training session is a training session

Whether it's you or your dog that learns something I can guarantee there will be something to take from each and every single training session. It could be a successful session and you teach your dog something new or it might be an 'unsuccessful session' but you learn that next time you should lower the criteria of what you're asking of your dog.

#5 - Enjoy your training and make it fun

This is quality time for you and your dog to spend together. Both you and your dog should come out of the training session feeling positive and if you're not, then you might want to re-evaluate! Remember dog training isn't all about teaching your dog to walk glued by your side and doing left and right turns; it can be playing a fun game too!

I hope this blog post has been beneficial for you to re-connect with your inner dog trainer! As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to post them below or send us an email.

Thanks for reading,


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