The more often we ask our dog, the more solid the exercises are.
We read and hear it again and again. The more often we challenge our dog, the tighter the exercises are. But again and again, there are days because nothing just wants to work. Good to know what we can do then.
1 end, when it’s the most beautiful
Everything runs like clockwork, and the dog is enthusiastic about it and you cheer inwardly? Then set yourself a time goal. For more than 15 minutes at a time, you should not demand your four-legged partner, even if he shows no fatigue. Otherwise, you risk a sudden loss of performance or unhealthy heating up. Complete your “school lesson” with a game unit or a cuddle around.
2 Wrong ambitions hurts
Learning and internalizing the new takes time. If your dog understands something and follows promptly, do not go one step further. Let him and enjoy the newly learned. A few routine exercises that he already masters are better. Then repeat your lesson with him and be happy if he remembers it.
3 Back to start are often good
Your dog is unfocused, restless, distracted from everything around him? And you realize, he does not listen properly if you ask him something complicated or new? Then it is best to take a little break (maybe he just has to break away.) before you start again – but this time with exercises that bring him success.
4 Not always a treat
Going to training with a hungry dog is just as bad as it is with someone who has hit his stomach. At least two hours should be a larger meal bagged. He should have fasted at least six hours beforehand so that he does not think exclusively about the treats that you carry. You should not plug him incessantly after every completed exercise. Switch off: Sometimes there is a verbal praise, sometimes a short caress, sometimes a toy that he can track, catch and retrieve, and in between always something delicious. This will prevent the dog from claiming its reward (not its confirmation) at some point.
5 Never from zero to one hundred
We live humans according to the clock. If lessons are, then we starts on time. The dog is ticking differently. He wants to first sniff, to orient and above all, to bleed the muscles and get the head “free“. The best conditions for him to offer him, if you run a few hundred meters with him before the start of your exercises, treat him pats and concentrate on him so. This increases his desire to “more“, even if the more then exercises.
6 Better to be twice as motivated
You do not feel like training and exercises? Then leave it alone. Your bad mood is automatically transferred to the dog, which correctly interprets your facial expression and your body language. In addition, you are more impatient if you only work out of a sense of duty with the dog. The same is true if you feel uncomfortable. Only when both you and the dog are motivated will it work out with the exercises.
7 The whole thing backward
This is especially true in monotonous obedience exercises. Add variety to the “Sit,” “Down,” “Stay,” and “Here” exercises. To get the dog out of the running into the “seat“, then into the “standing” or “Down” again, to let him go from the “Down” to the “seat“, to call from the fast run to a leisurely “on foot“, mentally challenges him and prevents him from getting bored with the 08/15 exercises and more and brasher. Just go back to the usual routine.