A common term used in dog training is generalization. Unfortunately, many pet owners do not know what a trainer is talking about when this word is thrown around. So what is it? According to Merriam Webster it means “to give general applicability to”. Simply speaking, it means teaching your pet that a behaviour can be done anywhere, anyway. Generalization plays a HUGE part of having a well trained dog and is something everyone should strive for with their dogs.
A common problem we see in ALL stages of students is people who have a habit of repeating a command, over and over and over. Don't feel bad or alone - we see it with brand new puppies learning a new command in our Basic Obedience class all the way to Off Leash clients in a new distracting area. Depending on the situation we have a few different ways to help people stop having to repeat themselves and getting better, more efficient responses from their dogs.
Sometimes going for a walk with your dog can be the most stressful thing a person does all day. Leash skills are actually one of the top three reasons people contact us. One stressful aspect of leash walks is meeting other dogs.
So what should you do when you come across another dog while out walking?
Here at Canine Coaching you will often hear us talk about "building a bond with your dog". It is one of our guiding principles that we believe in. But what does this REALLY mean?
According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary a bond is "the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association". While this seems like a simple idea it has huge implications for your relationship with your dog and how readily your dog will learn while you are training with them.
Samantha is the Owner and face behind Canine Coaching. She believes all dogs (both young and old) are capable of learning and are happier being well-mannered members of the family! Samantha resides in Central Alberta with her Husband on their acreage with their two German Shepherds Tori and Baron.