Thursday, July 30, 2009

getting in sync with your dog

Probably the best training results in owners and their dogs reaching a point where they are in sync. The owner understands his or her dog and has the resources and smarts to guide that dog in a positive way. For example, knowing that the dog will run to the door once the doorbell is rung and wind up jumping on the visitor, the owner commands the dog to sit instead. And the dog obeys. Over time, that dog has been conditioned to doing something when something happens, but in a positive way.

You can believe that getting in sync takes a lot of time, effort, and patience. After all, as a dog owner, you are conditioning yourself to refrain from saying things like, "NO" when you see your dog rushing to the door. You have to restrain yourself from physically guiding your dog away from the door. It really takes a lot. And you have to be consistent about it. There's no point in starting something that you can't finish for some reason, especially in training a dog.

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