Bad to the bone?
“He won’t come back when I call, he doesn’t even appear to know me some days!” This is just one example of the many phone calls we receive each week and we can most certainly help. Here at Devon Dogs our trainers would always start by looking at your dogs’ lifestyle. We would consider many things, here are just a few:
1. Does Fido earn any of his daily food?
Remember dogs love to earn food so instead of giving every meal in a bowl you can make them earn some of it. Make it fun! They are going to get this food any way so surely it’s better to get them to work for at least some of it, it can only serve to make your relationship better!
2. We’d also recommend regular training classes
But never in a small hall-type environment if we can help it, why? Where possible, we want our student’s dog’s to have a true-to-life training experience. We want to set up scenarios so that we can gain success within a training environment before taking the training out and about. We need to show our dogs what is and what is not acceptable and in a super positive way! Sharing positive experiences and having the help of a supportive trainer can help to make it all so much easier!
3. Does Fido really understand what you want?
Have you shown him the way you would like him to behave? It is key to invest some time into understanding exactly what our dogs need to learn and how we can help them to behave as we want. The initial years and time we spend with our dog makes such a huge difference, it sets us up for life.
At the end of the day the more you put in, the more you will get out. To top it off, training your dog is just so much fun! Find out how one of our trainers can help, go to: www.devondogs.co.uk
About the Author: Lauren Langman is responsible for the design and development of all Devon Dogs classes, events and workshops. She competes in Agility at Grade 7, the highest rank of competition in the British agility arena. She regularly competes and wins at top agility events in the UK including Crufts and Olympia, and has represented the UK at World Agility Championship level on many occasions.