I'm positive I'm not alone in this, but puppy training can be frustrating! Any suggestions for bringing back the "zen" after the millionth "I don't wanna lay down," moments?
:-D, there are many Youtube videos on lay down. Generally they suggest teaching the sit first and then transitioning into a lay down. I find that I am most successful when I am very outwardly happy and positive. Oh, and my little dog goes crazy and will try extra hard for the home made liver treats I make her.
FYI: I am a first time dog owner with a puppy that is around 5 months old
There is no shame in stepping back to a level where the puppy can succeed... if you hit a roadblock one way, retreat to a method you know works 70% of the time, and solidify that until you get 90-95% success, and then make it more difficult.
Record keeping is a good way to assess where you are really at.
it can be frustrating but oh so rewarding too
I see training now as a game for us all to play (perhaps my agility influence) so little setbacks don't honestly frustrate me that much
resistance is futile around here - eventually I'll figure out a path to happy compliance
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
stole this off a friend's facebook this morning: "Dog training should not be a battle of wills, but an ever-evolving dance of communication and cooperation. ~ Nicole Wilde"
Are you teaching with a hand motion and a treat?
When I got my pup I really started having second thoughts and was getting a bit overwhelmed. Now I'm beginning to reap the rewards of having a wonderful companion.
Female Black Labrador Cross adopted from rescue shelter.
Date of birth: 30th July 2010