Play is actually a very necessary part of training. Humans that play with their dogs have an easier time at training usually because the dog is used to following cues and body language.
Recently there was an article being passed around about companies that offer “pawternity leave” for new pet parents. This time off from work (usually a day or two but in some cases up to a whole week) allows people the opportunity for extra bonding time, to settle the pet in the home, spend time socializing the pet with friends and family, and start training. I think it is an interesting and positive concept if used constructively.
There’s a common practice in dog training called NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free). To some extent these techniques work well for force-free training, but it is important to practice deprivation correctly, humanely, and always support it with positive reinforcement.
This year my resolution is to take my fearful dog to one new place each week and work on desensitization and counter-conditioning (DS/CC). He loves
As we say good-bye to last year and look ahead to 2018, this is the time we make plans to better ourselves and lives in