Keeping a positive attitude and perspective is critical for the success of your dog’s training. A proper attitude and mindset should be considered the prerequisite to training your dog. Your outlook and disposition towards training are even more important than the tools purchased, system used, or even the breed of dog. Owners with a negative outlook on the training process can prove detrimental to the prospect of effective training.
Developing a solid bond between owner and dog is the key to creating a successful foundation for training. It is a dog’s nature to reflect the personal temperament of their owners. A pleasant owner who maintains a calm, confident, friendly disposition while training will see results in a pleasant dog. Using positive reinforcements such as: compliments, encouragement, and praise will motivate your dog to perform well and eliminate the need to rely on treats or other methods.
As a trainer you need to manage firm and friendly control, but remember to make it fun for both you and your dog. Trainers who keep a solid positive attitude are guaranteed a successful outcome. Owners with negative tendencies will come to find the training process an undesirable chore. Their dog will sense this negative attitude, pick-up on it, and start to mirror their owner’s behaviors. The training progress is then sidelined, causing frustration and undermining the process.
Canines, by nature, are routine oriented and naturally crave a balanced, structured lifestyle. Maintaining a productive behavioral routine is your job as an owner/trainer to provide consistency throughout your dog’s training. Make training a treat with continued exemplary actions and nurtured reinforcements.