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Training Basics: Start In Small Steps

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How do I pace my dog training to be more effective?

Always start dog training at the level your dog knows and move at your dog’s pace to the next step.

It is like learning math. There are many steps between learning to count and solving algebraic equations. You might be able to skip some steps in between but ultimately you have to go through each lesson. You cannot expect your dog to learn how to sit in puppy class and then be able to perform it at the dog park on the first try. Set your dog up to succeed.

How quickly you move through each step depends on the dog, not the owner. Some dogs can learn faster and some learn slower. Each dog is an individual with different learning skills.  Take your time and be patient.