Are you letting your dog win?
May 3, 2012 / 11:00 am
I have often seen people at the dog park or on the street get frustrated with their dog for not behaving how they want them to.
When you get frustrated and start screaming and yelling at your dog, you are letting them win. Stay calm, cool and collected and have patience. Hold yourself accountable for your actions.
If you are not having any progress with the training, it is because you are doing something wrong and not fulfilling their needs, whether it be socially, mentally or physically. You are your dog's teacher. Realize it is your mistake, take a step back, and look to figure out how to make it work.
Thrashing around and fighting with your dog to do something will confuse them and frustrate both of you. Keep your intentions clear and be steady. Training does not happen over night, you need to work hard, be consistent and diligent.
Always end training on a positive note with a good deep chest massage. Your work will pay off and in no time you will have the dog - and success - that you have been longing for.
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