New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t just apply to your own lifestyle; your dog’s lifestyle could also use a change, especially if you’re looking to improve or get better with your dog’s training. Here are five things you should add to your dog’s training routine this year. You’ll see that these minor improvements will make significant changes over time. Here are some routine game-changers to consider for your training routine:
Having daily walks is beneficial to your dog. Not only for their physical and mental health but also helps them with their training. A walk is more than just a chance to practice loose leash walking; it’s a chance for you to train your dog around distractions outside. You can practice recall or basic cues like sit, heel and stay. In addition to training, walking can help with mental clarity and increase focus for your dog’s future training sessions.
Buy a Clicker
Sometimes our dogs need more than just voice commands for training cues. Investing in a clicker can be a great addition to your training sessions. A different but consistent sound can help your dog start grasping new training cues and techniques. Feel free to add some technology to your dog’s training routine with gadgets and gizmos! There are a ton of different training gadgets that can help you train your dog. Of course, these new toys may take some time to adjust and get used to, but that’s all part of the training fun!
Go to Dog Parks or Places of Socialization
Dog parks, daycares, or any place where other dogs are present are great places to take your dog. This social environment is another opportunity to practice some training cues. In these social environments, your dog can also learn from other dogs, and training can become more fun with more friends participating. These environments can put your dog to the test! If your dog can master their training in a busy environment, they are on their way to becoming great dogs that can be trusted to be taken anywhere.
Sign Up for Occasional Classes
Sometimes dogs train better in a more formal environment. Booking a training class occasionally can help keep them in the training mindset. It can also be a fun activity for them, focusing on different training techniques. From obedience to agility to nose work, there are so many training classes to choose from. The various difficulty levels will help you keep your dog on their toes. With so much exposure to training, you’ll be helping your dog become the best version of themselves.
Dedicate some time for Bonding Everyday
Dedicating some time to bond with your dog is essential. Bonding doesn’t have to be an active activity. Bonding with your dog can occur while cuddling on the couch, watching a movie, or just brushing your dog’s fur. Any quality time with your dog can be a bonding experience for them that brings you closer together. All it takes is spending some time with your dog to strengthen your relationship with them.
These are just five things you should add to your dog’s training routine. There are likely other improvements dog owners can make in all aspects of their dogs’ lives. Once you start building habits, you will be inspired to add more changes over time. Minor changes and some effort each day can help you turn your good dog into the best dog ever. We firmly believe that all dogs can reach their full potential when the effort and time are taken to help them achieve success. Don’t hesitate to contact us at East Paws if you need our services.