Training Thursday: Dogs & Resolutions

How’s the Christmas break working out for you? Now that the leftovers have been eaten and you’re fed up of mince pies and chocolate, are your thoughts turning to the New Year?

All that ‘New Year – New You’ stuff can be more than a little tedious, but there is an opportunity to reflect on 2017 and look ahead to what we’d like to do in 2018.

How do our dogs feature in that plan?

Are you the best possible dog guardian that you can be?

What would you like to achieve with your dog in 2018? Would you like to learn some new tricks, experience scent work, start running together and exploring new places… or finally get that recall sorted?!

While you’re thinking about your own goals for the New Year, think about how you can improve things for your dog and your relationship with your dog too. There’s always room for improvement, for all of us.

Dog's Teenage Chewing PhaseOne of the goals we’re working on for our youngest team member is his inclusion in a series of social projects in 2018. He’ll be travelling to Bristol, Cornwall, Devon and Gloucester to share his wisdom on resilience and to make some humans smile with his enthusiasm for life. So, we’ll be hanging out in places where he gets to practice his cues when greeting people, where he can learn that not everyone wants to receive Bear kisses and that it’s ok to settle when he’s around people. He recently practiced this in a beautiful coastal pub where the relaxation was evident in his snoring. It was an interesting dinner soundtrack for everyone else.

So, whatever you’d like to do with your dog in 2018, now’s the time to think about how you can prepare them, how you can enjoy teaching them and I can promise you that you’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

Here’s to an awesome 2018!

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