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Eliza taking a break in her training session 🙂 – photo by Mel Taylor

Avoid Burnout in your Training Session

Here are our top tips to AVOID burnout in your training sessions!

Tip 1 – Using a crate or bed

Using a crate or bed for your dog is probably the single best way of keeping your dog active when working and yet settled and eager when not working. In terms of optimum learning and efficiency in dog training, its important that your dog is able to rest properly in between exercises.

Tip 2 – Don’t keep repeating a skill until it goes right

  1. Try to stop, take a minute, feel your training session, is it going in the right direction or are there skills missing?
  2. If your dog is looking or feeling tired, stop. Either end the session right there, or give them a good break, and attempt the skill again.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ‘abort mission’ if your training session isn’t working out as planned. Take notes and come up with a plan to change things up for your next training session.
  4. Remember, when training, you always want to set your dog up for success!

Tip 3 – Plan your Training Sessions carefully

Try to stick to your plan and only change it if something is really not working. If you have a timer and stick to the plan it will ensure that you achieve the whole package and not just the sexy bits or your favourite bits!

If you need more ideas for your training sessions check out what we have in store! www.devondogs.co.uk We can work with you either on an individual basis or you can come along to a weekly class or workshop!

Tip 4 – Its great to work with a partner

  1. Share a session with a friend. Its fab to have someone to bounce ideas off and while they are having their go, it allows your dog to have breather! You avoid burnout when working together as you self regulate between each other.
  2. Another benefit is that your friend can video, take notes and help generally with your training by restraining your dog when needed or throwing in the toy, for example.
  3. We find that it also adds accountability, as if you arrange a training session with someone else, you are way more likely to stick to it and actually train!

Tip 5 – Variety, Variety, Variety

Variety is truly the spice of life! So let’s not focus on one thing, there are so many things to train within a session! Try to keep your sessions diverse, fun, fast and add variety, it’s the best way to keep the fun in that relationship and avoid burnout.

Do you need help with a training struggle?

Visit our website for more info on ways we can help: www.devondogs.co.uk or email us HERE if you have any questions. If you’d like to combine a holiday with dog training, check out our staycation packages HERE. We can also give you a Behaviour Consult if you live a long way from Bowerland and are not sure where to start in your training journey. 🙂

And check out more of our Thursday training tips HERE.

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