How are those resolutions going? I’d love to say that mine are going fabulously, but that would be a little untrue. I hope you enjoyed a break over the festive period? Did you enjoy some time with your dog and wish that you could have more of it? I certainly do.
Now, it’s back to reality. Not just for you, but for your dog. They no doubt loved having you around over the holiday, with lots of time for walks and playing, and probably more leftovers than usual too? Then, all of a sudden, you’re gone. The family disappears back to work and back to school. The dog fits back in to life as it was and waits for you to come home again.
One of the things we love about our social enterprise projects is the connection between humans and dogs. The power of that relationship cannot be underestimated and it’s something that shines through in the training and behaviour work we do too. It’s pretty simple really, the more time you spend with your dog; interacting and teaching them things, the stronger your connection will be. Whatever you’re doing when you’re with your dog; you are teaching them something! This can be a revelation, but it’s so true.
Have a think about the last time you spent a few minutes with your dog. What happened when you said their name? What happened when they came to you for fuss? What happened when they wandered off to a different part of the room? At every stage, they have learnt something. Wouldn’t it be great if, at every stage, they have learnt something that you’d like them to repeat? For example, when you call their name they come to you straight away rather than back away because last time they heard their name they were getting told off for stealing your new Christmas socks?
Learning is a game; it should be fun for you and your dog. When you’re enjoying time together, everyone is happier, more likely to learn and therefore more likely to repeat the behaviours you would like to see more of.
Make it your New Year’s Resolution to enjoy some time with your dog at our classes. They’re fun and will help you to teach your dog the things that you would like them to do. It won’t be long before you see them contemplating the excitement of stealing your Christmas socks and you can ask them to ‘leave it’, they’ll know what you mean and will proudly walk away, waiting to hear what you’d like them to do next.
If you’d like to kick start your 2016 and have some dedicated time with your dog, please contact Marie on 07872 462090 / email@example.com or find out more about our group classes and bootcamps by hitting the links.