Start 2020 as you mean to go on – planning is key!

Here at Devon Dogs we have been very busy planning – check out our top tips on getting the most from your training sessions this year!

1. Are you playing a training game your dog’s benefit or your own?

When it comes to training our dogs, we also need to find the session reinforcing, or else we’d struggle with motivating ourselves to train our dogs! That said, when it comes to working certain skills or playing particular games, think about who the training is really benefiting! Absolutely we should enjoy the training session, but we do need to consider what skills our dogs need a boost in as well! Don’t avoid certain things because they aren’t your favourite skills to train!!!!

For new ideas, or reinforcing previous learning, check out the great mix of training we have available on our Devon Dogs Events page!

2. Mix in low and high arousal games

Arousal Up, Arousal Down is a great concept and you can enhance this concept by simply considering and planning in some low arousal games and mixing in some high arousal games within the same training session. This will not only enhance the concept of arousal, arousal down but it will add an element of super variety to your sessions, spicing up your training sessions! We can help you to plan this – why not book our 121 training sessions for some individual advice? 

 3. Don’t fear failure

If things don’t go quite according to plan and you are seeing a bit of failure, don’t fear it! If your dog has got really stuck and is confused and you see frustration setting in, stop the session. Pop your dog on their bed, or in a crate. Rethink things. Can something be changed there and then? Maybe the setup, maybe the reward deliver, for example? If something can immediately be changed which will result in success, start up the session again, if not, call it a day and re-plan ready for the next session. Check out our training packages for help!

 4. Train smart

When it comes to your training session, it goes without saying that you need to have everything ready to go! Planning and prep are key to success! Also think about your dog’s transitions to and from work. Manipulate your training space so that you can release your dog from their bed/crate and go immediately into work. Bring your full focus to the session, be in it 100%! Once your dog is released into work, crack on with the training game. Repeat as many times as is suitable for your dog. Once you have finished cue your dog back onto their bed/in their crate. Be slick with your transitions to and from work!

5. Review – does your training plan need tweaking?

Planning your training on a weekly, fortnightly or even monthly basis is great! We love the idea of having goals and targets to reach and a plan will help you to keep on track. However, don’t be afraid to tweak your plan or change things all together! Learn to be flexible! What about having a Consult Call with one of our expert trainers? Sometimes our dogs need a boost in a skill we weren’t expecting or perhaps you thought they were further along in their learning than they are.  Sometimes you need to clarify things rather than forge on. Being malleable with your training plan is key!

Let us help you plan for 2020! Visit our website, email us at [email protected], or call us directly on (07717) 696623. We are happy to assist you and help you in your planning process.