5 Easy-to-keep New Year Resolutions To Supercharge Your Training in 2019

Lots of us make New Year’s resolutions, but most of us don’t get to the end of January before they’ve fallen by the wayside.

But at Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, our passion is helping you train better, boost the special bond you share and have more fun with your dog.

That’s why we’ve put together 5 New Year resolutions that are easy to keep, and will help you reach those training goals in 2019.

So let’s dive in! It’s a brand new year and there’s training to be done!

  1. Nail the basics

Being able to obey commands like ‘sit’ and to come when called are the foundations on which the rest of your training is based upon. Sometimes, we can be so focussed on more complex routines and tricks that we let the basics slip. Kit yourself out with a handful of super-motivational training toys and put in some simple obedience practice. It won’t just make your training easier, but your everyday life with your dog, too.

  1. Slow down a little

We totally understand the desire to keep pushing ahead and hitting milestones with your dog training, but sometimes the best thing you can do is take a step back and look at what’s working well, and what’s not, in order to really make progress. Remember, it’s always best to base your training goals around what your dog enjoys the most and is most suited to. If you realise a particular aspect of your training isn’t working, it’s OK to move on to something different.

  1. Create a daily ritual

If you have to leave your dog to go to work, or even just to pop to the shops, having a comforting ritual when you return can become a useful part of your everyday training. It can be as simple as a cuddle followed by a five-minute game of tug with their favourite Tug-E-Nuff training toy.

  1. Try a new game

We know that your dog learns best when training is fun. We also know that your dog knowswhen you’re phoning it in, and aren’t genuinely enthusiastic about the game you’re playing – and they mirror this in the way they respond. If you’re feeling bored, they probably are too. Experiment with different play tactics to keep things fresh, for both of you. Try some of these games, for starters.  

  1. Look into their eyes

Just like with human relationships, eye contact with your dog is important and is a great way to keep your bond strong. But when we are busy and rushing, it can be easy to forget to stop and take the time to talk to them directly. The next time you grab your dog’s favourite tug toy for a play, remember to make eye contact as you praise and play with them. Note, though, that staring can be intimidating to some dogs – and this is especially true if you don’t know the dog – so always follow their cues.

And that’s it! What are your training resolutions for 2019? We’d love to hear about them in the comments…

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