Five New Year Resolutions To Transform Your Training
If there’s ever a perfect time to take a step back and think about ways to improve your dog training, January is it.
The start of a new year is the ideal opportunity to make some changes that will take your training to the next level.
And here at Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear
, as makers of some of the best dog toys around, we’d like to help.
Our resident dog training expert and co-founder of the family business, Matt, has put together these suggestions for resolutions that will transform your training.
1 - Be consistent
Remember that it’s not just what happens during your dog training sessions that matters – it’s important to reinforce your training the rest of the time. Ask other family members to use the same cues as you do and be consistent with them in order to see better results.
2 - Cut back on junk food!
There’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but the happiest dogs are healthy dogs and choosing to feed your dog a high quality, vet-approved food (and resisting sharing your own tasty snacks) will make a big difference. Perhaps instead of a calorie-filled treat, offer one of our best dog toys
3 - See every interaction as a learning opportunity
Your dog is picking up habits (good and bad!) all the time – not just when you’re in training classes. Reward good behaviour with praise, patting, playtime with one of your best dog toys or an edible treat. But remember, the reward should come after the good behaviour, not before.
4 - Stop beating yourself up when things go wrong
Just like humans, dogs sometimes have bad days. Instead of getting stressed (which your dog will pick up on), just accept it and go for a long walk instead. Tomorrow will be better!
5 - Invest in good quality dog training toys
As makers of some of the best dog toys on the market, we know how much of a difference the right toys can make to your training. We use sheepskin and rabbit fur in many of our tug toys to tap into your dog’s natural instincts and encourage them to learn through play. All our toys are made by hand in the UK and designed to last a long time, even in the paws of the toughest tuggers!
We hope these resolutions will help 2016 be your most enjoyable and successful year yet.
Happy New Year from all of us at Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear