Improve your dog training skills - have someone watch you train

Want to take your dog training skills to the next level? Enlist the help of someone to watch you train and give you constructive help based on the following criteria:
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Novice dog trainer? Get better!

Since I am a professional dog trainer, it is my job to help my clients refine their training strategies to help their dog become well trained as fast as possible. 

Along the way I see a lot of ways that can speed up training and also derail the best efforts. My show today is meant to help you speed up your training efforts and become a better trainer.
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You just punished your dog for behaving

This post is primarily about increasing the quality of the communication through good timing and instruction. I will talk more about motivation strategies in another post.

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What is dog training consistency?

I always stress the importance of consistency and want to make sure you know what that means, and why it is so important.

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Dog training expectations

Performance is something that changes moment to moment. When you are training your dog, you need to always pay attention to how well she is doing. If she is consistently distracted by something in the environment which causes her behavior to fluctuate, you have a few options.

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Teach a dog to come when called - the important of consistency in dog training

"Come on guys let's go for a walk."

Blank stares . . .

"Ranger, Trooper, Linus, Come."

Three furry friends come running.

I realized that I never taught my dogs what "Come on guys let's go for a walk" meant. That was many years ago, and since then I have taught them that, but it reminded me of the importance of consistent teaching and that . . . dogs don't understand synonyms!
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