Let’s be real. When most of us think dog training, we don’t think fun. But, making it fun will be the key to your success. If it’s not fun you won’t do it. So how do you make dog training fun? Check this out.
DIY dog training, when done right, is an effective way to teach your dog some new tricks. And while we recommend using gentle training methods, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t be fun. Here’s several ways how you can make dog training fun… for both you and your dog!
Because most dogs easily get bored during training, one of our usual tips for dog training is that you should keep training sessions short and sweet. As long as there is proper reinforcement, even five-minute sessions done a few times a day can go a long way.
So while you’re at it, there’s no harm in making these training sessions fun, right?
If you think that making training fun can affect its effectivity, then you’re probably right. In the right amount, that effect is more beneficial than harmful.
Fun dog training will help drive the point home faster in your dog. That’s because their attention is piqued and there is more positive stimulation that comes with the training.
Most of our training commands can be taught with the help of toys and treats as stimulation and rewards. Make good use of those needs by changing them up every now and then to keep things interesting for your dog.
You don’t have to limit yourself to those either, as can also change up your training locations. Sure, you can spend most of it outside on your yard, but if you get the chance to visit the dog park every now and then or go on a new route on your walks, then seize it and make it an adventure with your dog.
Have a tennis ball handy, as this versatile dog toy can be brought in practically all kinds of training scenarios and still work wonderfully. It’s handy, it can bounce, it can roll, be thrown, and it even floats. Plus, it’s one of the most common dog toys that can survive (at least a bit longer than others) your dog’s chewing.
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And we don’t just mean after every five minutes. If you notice that your dog’s progress begins to taper off after what seemed to be a series of productive sessions, then it might be a sign that you need to take a break.
At the very least, you don’t have to stop all training completely, just reduce them so that you and your dog can both take a breather.
This way, you don’t waver on the consistency needed for effective training, but you are certainly making both your and your dog’s lives less hectic.
And keep in mind that this is just a short hiatus, after you and your dog have gotten the rest you both need you can resume your old training schedule. You’ll find that you are both refreshed and ready to face the next training sessions with more vigor.
DIY Dog Training doesn’t just have to be made up of just training commands that come in handy for obedience training. You can also use it to teach them fun things like how to fetch, roll over, treadmill training, play Frisbee, put away their toys, and more.
Again, you don’t have to stop doing your usual lineup of training commands, but you can introduce a new one every now and then to make things exciting for you and your dog.
You can do this on your own, or you can meet up with a friend and their dog for some friendly competition. You can hype up your training sessions by giving your dogs some challenges that’s out of the norm of their usual training session.
For instance, you can see how strongly your dogs will obey you in a race that utilizes common dog training commands. Or if you’re doing it on your own with your dog, you can challenge them to surpass their old training records. Even competing against their own records can be fun if you execute it well enough.
As always, just keep calm and train your dog. Reducing the amount of pressure that you put into training sessions is a sure way to make dog training more fun and ensure that you’re maintaining a good relationship with your dog. Not only that, good relations mean that your dog is more likely to obey you as well.
With these training tips, you can be sure to make your dog training more fun than ever. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be writing about how you can also gamify your training sessions and how praises and physical affection can add to your fun training sessions.
Do you have your own tips on how to make dog training fun? Share your thoughts below!