Here's What You Should Do If You're Losing Interest In Training Your Dog - A Dog's Love

Here’s What You Should Do If You’re Losing Interest In Training Your Dog

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When you bring home a new puppy training becomes an exciting part of the day. Soon they learn how to sit, stay and shake, but then you start losing interest in training them. The once-excited part of the day becomes a burden and your dog senses it too. 

When you feel less motivated, should you stop training your dog? Not at all! In fact, it’s very natural to feel this emotion. Many dog parents have gone through it and so you’re not alone. All you need to do is start getting motivated again because if you want the training to succeed, you need to be motivated enough.

1. Go big or go home approach 

You have to understand that no dog will be able to master training in one session because training, in itself, is an ongoing process. Therefore, instead of spending hours on one single training session, aim for short sessions that last a maximum of 10 minutes.

2. Ignoring goal-setting

Training becomes a burden if you have no idea what your goals are after each session. Training towards a goal can keep you and your dog motivated. Remember to celebrate small successes that lead to your goal!

3. Doing what’s not working

Let’s understand that while some dogs are easily motivated, others are tough nuts to crack and that’s okay. Training shouldn’t be considered as a one-size-fits-all because while one dog will progress with a certain approach, others won’t so you need to change your approach to training.

4. Not celebrating small successes

It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come along with your dog, but that’s the mistake most of us do. We need to remember their progress and how hard they’ve been working with you through the training process. Keep video recordings and journals to record everything about your dog’s training and when you feel like the training’s going nowhere, go back and read your journal – you’ll be surprised to see how far you two have come along!

How do you keep yourself motivated? Let us know in the comments!

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