My dog will not sit still or stay calm?

My dog will not sit still or stay calm?

Do you ever find yourself feeling frustrated with your dog's inability to sit still or stay calm? Maybe your dog barks at you, jumps on you, or seems overstimulated. All of these behaviors can be signs that your dog needs to learn patience. Patience training is about teaching your dog to be calm and focused, even in the face of distractions. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips for teaching your dog to be patient, starting with the basics and building up to more advanced techniques.

1. Start Small

When it comes to teaching patience, it's important to start small and set achievable goals for your dog. For example, you might begin by asking your pup to stay on a place for you for just a few seconds, then gradually increase the duration of the exercise. Start with short training sessions, and gradually increase the time as your dog becomes more patient and focused. Why not switch the kettle on, ask you dog to go onto his place or bed, whichever you prefer while you make your hot drink. By doing this every time you switch the kettle on just think of all the training opportunities to teach your dog patience

2. Use Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is a key element of patience training. Offer your dog rewards for staying calm and focused, such as his daily food allowance or praise. This will help your dog associate patient behavior with positive outcomes. Be consistent with your rewards and use them frequently during the early stages of training exercises.

3. Be Consistent

Consistency is crucial when it comes to dog training. Make sure you're setting clear expectations for your dog and stick to them. If you allow your dog to get away with jumping on you one day but scold them for the same behavior the next day, it will confuse your dog and make it harder for them to learn. Establish clear rules and boundaries but most of all be consistent in enforcing them.

4. Build Up Duration

As your dog becomes more comfortable with short training sessions, gradually increase the duration of the exercises. This will help your dog learn to maintain calmness, patience and focus for longer periods of time. However, it's important to be patient and not push your dog too hard too quickly. If your dog becomes frustrated or overstimulated, take a break and try again later.

5. Seek Professional Help

If you're struggling with patience training, it's okay to seek professional help. A qualified trainer can help you develop a training plan that's tailored to your dog's specific needs and can offer guidance and support as you work to teach your dog patience and calmness.

Training your dog to be patient and calm takes time and effort but it's well worth it in the end. With patience and consistency you can teach your dog to stay focused and calm in a variety of situations. Remember to start small, use positive reinforcement, be consistent, build up duration gradually, and seek professional help if needed. With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to having a patient and well-behaved dog!


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