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6 Resolutions To Supercharge Your Training in 2020 (That You’ll Actually Want To Stick To)

At Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, we love the New Year because it means a fresh start. 

Whatever training stumbling blocks we came up against with our dogs in 2019 are officially in the past. It’s a brand new year - in fact, it’s a brand new decade - and anything is possible. 

Our passion is helping dog owners just like you get real results with your training, all while boosting the special bond you share and having fun with your dog.

With this in mind, here are six commitments you can make this January to help make 2020 your best year yet.

  1.  Nail the basics

Being able to follow 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. Turn iffy recall into bulletproof recall

Recall is something we know lots of dog owners struggle with - yet a reliable recall is SO important. Finding a way to eliminate distractions and guarantee your dog only has eyes for you is the secret to a successful recall.

We’ve got a range of toys such as the Pocket Magnet designed especially to help with this. We’ve also written a guide to quickly and easily improve your recall which you can download absolutely free below.

  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 knows when 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 life is often busy and 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.

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