Dog Training: It's not a Destination, it's a Journey

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If you're a dog owner, you know that dog training is not a destination, it's a journey. You never really "complete" dog training; there's always more to learn. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the most important things you need to remember on your dog training journey. We'll also provide some helpful tips for making the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Sometimes people think about training as learning obedience, however, obedience is only one sliver of the whole picture. Training comes in many forms including various recreational activities, canine enrichment games, and canine sports. There will always be new things to learn and new challenges to face. The key is to enjoy the process. A couple of things to remember as you and your dog spend life together:

  1. Always set achievable goals. Once that goal is reached, set the next goal. It is a continual process and most dogs enjoy being lifetime learners.
  2. Fun recreational activities are a great way to continue your dog's training journey without it being formal obedience. This could be camping with the family, taking a stroll at Farmer's Market, or even playing fetch in the backyard.
  3. Canine enrichment is your friend and there are many creative ways to challenge your pup and provide them with opportunities to scavenge, build confidence, and learn to get creative.
  4. Canine sports come in many forms, some more challenging than others. Letting your dog share with you what they enjoy is key to harmony with your dog. Some canine sports include; agility, nose work, trick dog competitions, rally, and obedience.

I challenge each of you to take a moment to learn more about your dog, their breed, what they enjoy, and what they don't enjoy, and find fun activities that work for both of you! We are constantly learning new things, our dogs benefit from this too!