I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the time you have with your dog. They are only with us for such a short amount of time. We need to make the best of each day with them.

            We have been doing some training with a couple of our dogs for 4H. And I have found it is really easy to lose patience with them as they don’t understand what we are trying to teach or might just be having an off day and just need a break.

           When we get frustrated, they can feel that and know that we are not happy which can confuse them more, and make them get even more flustered! If I start getting upset, I try to take a step back and just let my dog be. Depending on what age the dog is I am working with and what we are working on I might just put them in a crate to calm down and then after they have calmed down and had a run in the yard we try again.

             One thing I have found helpful is to work on some of the harder things I am training them, is to do those things later in the day when they are not all jazzed up. But that’s just what works well for me and my springers.

             Another thing that is really important is being consistent in your training. That means try to work every day around the same time with your dog. Also breaking your training time in to 2-3 five- or ten-minute sessions is very beneficial to your dog, especially if you are working with a young dog, a 2-3-year-old dog can work much longer without losing interest then a dog under a year.

             Consistently is also important in how we give our commands, we need to use the same words and hand motions every single time, that way they know what we are asking every time. Something else that is important is to not repeat the command over and over again. When you keep repeating yourself it just teaches your dog, they don’t have to listen to you the first time.

            If you have any questions when you are training please don’t hesitate to ask if you need help. Have a great week!