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Training is a great way to build a relationship with your pooch and have some much needed bonding time! Even teaching your dog the basic commands such as ‘sit’, ‘lay down’ and more has many benefits. One is that teaching commands get your dog’s brain working and exercising. This is also known as mental stimulation and many of you will know that exercising your dog’s brain is just as important as physical exercise. Another benefit to teaching your dog new tricks is that it allows them to have more freedom whilst everything is safe and under control. This is beneficial for both you and your dog.
Some of you may be thinking ‘My pooch is too old to learn any new tricks’, but, the amazing thing is, is that your dog is never too old to learn any new tricks. In fact, it is recommended that you exercise your dog’s brain more as they get older because mental stimulation becomes especially important when a dog’s mobility starts to become limited. This is usually due to ageing, however, dogs can have limited mobility for many other reasons.
One of the most important things is to be patient with your dog. All dogs learn new things at different rates and, it's important to never tell them off for this.
Distractions can cause your pooch to lose focus which in turn makes the training session longer. Teaching new tricks in a quiet area of your house will allow your pooch to give you their full attention.
Your dog may be calm after a walk. Having a calm dog whilst training will allow your pooch to understand the commands easier. If your pooch is too energetic, they will find it much harder to absorb new information.
Learning something new can already be overwhelming for your pooch. Keeping it short (2-5 minutes) will make it easier for them to learn any new tricks.
There's truly nothing more important than enjoying the training sessions.
Don’t forget that sometimes training your dog can be difficult, but, there is usually an easy fix to this. We recommend taking a step back from the training when things are not progressing. Analyse each step you are taking to teach your dog the new trick and try to pinpoint where it starts to go wrong. It may be useful to look at Youtube videos from professional dog trainers and compare side by side. What you may find is that you’re missing something simple, or you’re doing a step wrong.
Overall you guys preferred smaller treats to reward little, but more frequent. A lot of you also mentioned the smell of our treats helped to keep your dog’s attention! This meant training went a lot smoother.
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