Training Tips and Tricks
1 week ago
Absolutely! Why not aim for 5-10 one minutes sessions a day. You can practice while the coffee is brewing, during a commercial, in lieu of a social media break, etc. Slipping it in to your day can be really simple and yet, so effective. (same is true for exercising, reading etc)
#ysdlearnA little goes a long way when it comes to training. And if we want to make something sustainable, we need to start small.
One minute is enough, it’s achievable.
Use it for whatever is useful for your dog. A find it game, a 1 minute pause and cuddle. A one minute training session.
Make one minute just for you and your dog because that one minute of you focused on them, will make more of a difference than you might think.
And then anything more is a bonus.
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Dogs are going to be dogs. If you don’t know what all of that entails (some of which is breed specific), I’d suggest learning and spending time with dogs before you bring one of your own home. Fostering gives you the opportunity to try out the dog to see if they are a good fit first. And of course, gentle training with patience and empathy will be required!
#ysdlearnMISBEHAVING OR MISUNDERSTOOD?
What we often think of as a dog misbehaving is actually just a dog behaving like a dog naturally does.
We expect so much of our dogs when we bring them into our lives, forgetting that they are a different species that don’t see the world the same way that we do. We hold them captive in a confined, unnatural space and become frustrated when they don’t understand how we expect them to behave.
We become frustrated when our dogs don’t walk nicely on a lead, don’t get on with every other person or dog they meet, steal food from counter tops, don’t give things back, guard resources, dig, chew or destroy what they shouldn’t, bark, howl or whine too much – I could continue with a very long list.
We need to replace our frustration and our need to train away or stop the unwanted behaviour with understanding and compassion. Understanding that dogs naturally behave in a certain way and compassion in guiding them to learn a different behaviour using force free, positive reinforcement methods or by better managing their environment.
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We don’t give dogs nearly as much time to process our requests! My husband has had many conversations with me that I didn’t process because my mind was elsewhere. 😂 If you can relate (or have kids or spouses that experience this), try to be more patient and empathetic with your canine learner.
#ysdlearnThink about a time when someone asked you a question and it took you a few moments to process what the person was asking and then get your thoughts together in order to respond.
It happens to all of us, right?
We even have a name for it. A brain fart. 🧠💨
Processing information is complex and involves a number of different steps in the central nervous system. Here is a general overview:
👀 Perception: The brain receives input through the senses (such as sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell). This input is then transformed into neural signals that can be processed by the brain.
⚠️ Attention: The brain filters and selects the most relevant information from the input it receives. This process is known as attention.
📝 Working memory: The brain stores the selected information in working memory, which is a temporary storage system that allows us to manipulate and process the information.
⚖️ Evaluation and decision-making: The brain evaluates the information in working memory and makes a decision or judgment based on that information.
🎬 Response: The brain selects and executes an appropriate response to the question or problem at hand.
🗝️ Long-term memory: The brain stores information in long-term memory for later use.
We also can't forget the fact that dogs are an olfactory-based species so it is likely our dogs process the world and thoughts in a slightly different manner to us.
So when you are working with your dog on a new or familiar task, give them some time to process the information or request - and the grace that comes with them having the occasional "brain fart"!
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Thanks for sharing! 😊