Type "Free Dog Training Tips" into any search engine (Google) and you'll get over 33 million pages returned. Now 33 million pages is a lot of information. Some of it will be well researched and useful, and some of it will be complete rubbish. You are looking for information to help you with a particular dog problem, and you are now overwhelmed with all this data. Which pages should you read and which ones should you discard?
The problem with Free Advice is that it promises to be worth what you paid for it. Nothing!
You're probably saying to yourself "Laura, what are you on about? Are not you going to suggest I look at your free dog training tips? the one secret to dog training most people completely overlook.
You need to invest TIME.
That's right – TIME. You can read as many dog training books, see as many dog training videos or participate in as many on-line forums as you like, but if you do not actually get your butt and take some action, nothing is going to happen – your dog can not read!
Oddly enough, most people will spend hundreds of hours poring over books borrowed from the library or printed from the Internet. They will read them from cover to cover looking for the one master secret that will magically turn their mutt into a well behaved dog. But they will not actually spend time with the dog to make it happen. There's now so queer as folk!
(Translated from Yorkshire, that means People are Strange)
Let me tell you. It is not gonna happen unless you spend less time reading and more time actually doing what you've read about.
So why is it that people struggle so much with something that is not all that difficult?
It's because life today is busier than at any time in the past, and TIME is at a premium. People are working harder and for longer. Jobs can be hard to find and harder to keep. Add to that the social pressure from family and friends, and is it any wonder there's no time left for poor old Buster?
Paradoxically though, the less TIME you spend with your dog now, when it's young and eager to learn, the more you'll end up spending later. If you take the time when your puppy is young (puppy socialization classes, moving on to training classes as he gets older), and learn the basics (sit, stay, recall, down and leave) then ongoing training should take you no more than 5 mins a day, which you can easily do whilst you walk your dog.
The later you leave it to train your dog, the more bad habits he will have to un-learn before you can even attempt to teach him something new.
So remember, less is more when it comes to dog training BUT only if you start early. A dog does not train himself – YOU DO – so spend the time now. It will be worth every minute you put in and your dog will thank you!
Source by Laura Kemp