Ten tips for ultimate retriever training- Tip #6

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Today’s tip is:

Tip #6: Pay attention to everything you say and do.

The song from the Police saying “every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take I’ll be watching you” is a great segue into today’s tip.

When dog training, your dog interprets everything you say and do as a form of language and communication.

Everything coming out of your mouth should be thought of like gold. You need to communicate as much as possible in as few as words as possible.

What I see a lot, or should l say hear a lot, is the use of too many words to tell a dog what you want. Incessant babble isn’t needed or productive. Your dog needs to learn that when you say SIT, it means for them to sit. You don’t need to say COME ON MY LITTLE PUPPY WILL YOU SIT FOR DADDY TODAY, THAT’S MY GOOD GIRL?

When training, also be aware of your body language. Make sure it matches what you are saying. Dogs often pay even more attention to that.

Next time you are training your hunting buddy, the canine one, remember less can often be more.

Until next time happy retrieving.

Steve Smith