9 hours ago
“Good” is a pretty subjective word when it comes to dogs. Everyone has different expectations and goals with their dogs. .
But what makes a “good” dog? .
Regardless of how you decide if your dog is good or not, it all revolves around you!
Yes! You as an owner determine how “good” your dog is. .
Every dog can be trained. Any breed, any age, how ever they are motivated, dogs can ALWAYS be trained. .
Along with knowing your dogs biggest motivation; is how consistent YOU are with your dog. .
Being consistent with your expectations is the clearest way to communicate with your dog. Consistently rewarding the behavior you want and disciplining the behavior you don’t want is what is going to make your dog the “good” dog you want it to be. .
Inconsistency creates confusion. Remember, you are trying to communicate complex ideas and commands to another species that can’t understand a thing you say. .
Dogs cue off of patterns and the “picture” they see. When the sequence of cues matches the picture they remember they can understand what you are trying to communicate with them. So be consistent with your cues, ex: body language/position (which hand you use for “paw” or which foot you step off with while heeling), environments/locations, specific toys/treats. .
When you learn how to better communicate with your dog you create a bond. A bond built by trust. Your dog trusts you to be consistent, to guide them throughout your lives together in the most positive way possible. .
The trust you build together can be as strong as YOU make it. When your dog knows what you want their confidence grows. If you want to best for your dog don’t give into babying them. Be steadfast in your expectations and your bond will strengthen, I promise.
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