Did you know that January is walk and train your dog month?? As many of you have probably read in previous blog posts we have two rescue dogs (Kira & Gizmo) and they can be a bit hard to walk sometimes. So one of our New Years resolutions is to devote more time to training them. Bil-Jac has some great treats that they love and have really helped us to create a bond with our pets. Check out this great video I found on how to build a bond with your pet during training.
Build a Relationship with Your Pup First
One of the most common mistakes dog owners make is that they train their dog before they have taken the time to build a relationship with them. Successful dog trainers know that when your dog wants to please you and make you happy, training is so much easier!
The first 30 days are crucial to your forever relationship and bond with your new best friend. In this first month, you should focus on the following 3 simple steps with your best friend:
- Getting to Know Your Dog
- Developing a Relationship
- Building the Trust
1. Getting to Know Your Dog
Take a week to find out what your dog likes and does not like! Try rewarding your pup with a variety of Bil-Jac treats, and try playing with different toys and balls. Discover if they like to go on walks or sleep in certain areas of the house. See how and where they like to be scratched and rubbed. We all know that as humans, we don’t always like everything. Well, the same goes for our dogs. There may be certain objects or activities that they just do not care for. After taking about a week to complete this first phase, you can move onto the next step in building the bond.
2. Developing a Relationship
Build a relationship in phase two by incorporating the things your dog likes into your everyday routine, while eliminating the things your best friend doesn’t care for.
3. Building the Trust
Building trust comes in this last phase. If you’ve already followed steps one and two, then your dog should be eager to please and impress you. Your dog is going to look forward to being around you by this point because a stronger relationship has been built! Once this step happens, it’s time to train your dog.
Remember through these training tip videos, always let your dog know you are very proud of them; they’ll love the fact that you are so pleased when they practice positive behaviors. That enthusiasm will make them want you to learn even more!
*Shared with permission from Bil-Jac from http://thedogblog.bil-jac.com/blog/dog-training-video-tip-building-the-bond
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