How Often Should You Be Training Your Dog?

Traning is something that we get asked a lot as trainers, and the answer always surprises people…

The assumption is that we must meticulously train our dogs in a very precise and regimented approach. This may be true for some, maybe even necessary in some cases, but not true for most.

When it comes to training dogs, everyday’s a school day. They learn how to navigate the world through more than just what you teach them in a class. Every interaction and experience they have is a learning experience that shapes who they are, how they feel, and how they behave.

As far as training obedience is concerned we really spend very little time on it, and when we do it’s fast, fun and rewarding. Obedience isn’t achieved in one session, it’s about consistently and reliably shaping and building what we want over time. Training is supposed to be fun for both ourselves and the dog, so don’t turn it into something boring and regimented.

Keep sessions short and don’t feel disheartened if it doesn’t go perfectly, it’s all part of the process. Depending on what your goals and requirements are, you can train many times, or few times. Just make sure that you aren’t pushing the dog too far if they don’t understand what you’re asking of them, and don’t train longer than necessary and begin to bore the dog.

Remember, it’s training, not community service. Smile and enjoy the journey with your dog. Work as hard as they do. Have fun with it.

Canine Behaviour and training in North East England.

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