Adaptil's Charlotte Carr is a clinical animal behaviourist. She likes to figure out why animals do what they do. She knows that when we take training our dogs into our own hands we are prone to worry "Am I doing it right?" Charlotte assures us that we are.
Watch: Charlotte training Monty at home
Training your dog can sometimes be challenging, and following the experiences and training ideas of others can often prove hard. Every dog is an individual so one-size-fits-all doesn’t apply. Sometimes, what you see others doing looks easy, especially if they're an experienced trainer, but in reality, it’s harder than it looks. Also, the same approach may not work for your dog.
Don’t be disheartened if your training doesn't go according to plan. You can be on track and feeling great when suddenly you hit a set back and your progress slows down. For example, my dog, Monty, listens most of the time, but sometimes he picks and chooses what he wants to focus on. Normally it's when there's something more fun to look at or do.
Charlotte'a 10 Tips For Training Your Dog At Home
Don’t worry about it, you’re probably doing everything right! Setbacks are normal. Every day is a learning experience.
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You can train your dog throughout their life. They love it! Training provides fun ways for them to use their brain and get active, why not reinforce what they already know or learn new things together slowly.
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Think of the positives. Learning curves can help you understand your dog even more.
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Take the training step by step.
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If you get a setback, that's fine, just take it as a sign that your dog isn't ready yet, go back a couple of steps and continue.
Learn more about the stimuli that might be troubling your dog, causing him to lose focus. Eg: He might need more space.
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Take your time! Try slower introductions, take the training steps at a slower pace.
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Try not to compare yourself to others. Remember each dog is an individual so, don't compare their progress to other dogs of a similar age or stage.
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With training, it is always important to maintain a strong human-animal bond.
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Always use positive reinforcement and reward-based training methods. If your dog is anxious it’s important to help them feel secure. You can be the comfort for your dog. Feeling safe helps your dog progress with training.