LEVELS OF DOG TRAINING
Malakai is starting to catch on to basic commands, and now his mom needs to take him outside to get to the next level.
So, also following up from yesterday’s post… How do we get our dogs to listen to us all the time… no matter what is going on around us?
You have to do training in baby steps. If you want your child to be a great baseball player, for example, you can’t just throw him out in left field and hope for the best. You have to start with basic throw & catch practice and build up to longer throws & catches and then finally try hitting him some balls. After a ton of practice, he still might drop a few under the pressure of an actual game, but he’s much more likely to catch some if he’s had time to gain the skills and confidence needed to perform.
It’s much the same with dogs. They can’t learn “down” or “stay” before learning “sit”. And, if they barely listen to you in the house, they definitely aren’t going to listen to you at the dog park.
Here’s a short article with examples of different levels of dog training you can attain – from grade school to PhD! Check it out and see where your dog fits in and get some ideas for some new challenges for you to try.