lack of results = lack of activity
lack of activity = lack of results
No matter what it is you are doing – from getting in shape, cleaning out your closet or training your dog – the above is the gold standard. Do not expect results if you are not putting in the work.
You get what you put in, especially in the realm of dog training. A lack of results is almost always due a lack of activity.* If you want something to work, you must put in the time.
Before you get worked up and utter the old, “but I don’t have time!” line… consider that you have to let your dog out, feed your dog, walk your dog, hopefully play with your dog and otherwise interact with your dog multiple times throughout the day. Why not use these interactions as opportunities to train?
You have at the very least 10 opportunities to get training in throughout the day:
1. Putting on a collar/harness (reward calmness)
2. Putting on the leash (reward calmness)
3. Going out the door (practice wait)
4. Feeding time (a number of cues can apply),
5. Coming in from the yard (recall practice with distractions!)
6. When you eat (perfect for a down-stay, leave it, etc.)
7. While out for a walk (again, a number of cues can apply)
8. Play time (drop it, sit, wait, etc.)
9. Going into/exiting the kennel
10. When you pick up your dog’s dirty work while on a walk (sit-stay or wait)
Couple this approach with all the interactions you already have with your dog, you’d be amazed at the progress you will make.
Break your training up into short sessions, keeping it short and sweet. My mentor, Stacy Strickland of Jax Pawsitive Inc., suggests people use commercial breaks to practice their training outside of class. This is a genius idea because it is simple and not overwhelming for the dog or human.
As humans into today’s world of immediacy, we want things 5 minutes ago. All good things take time and work. Not to mention being consistent, but that is for another post.
*sometimes medical issues can affect training or progressing too fast for the individual dog