Happy new year to all of our customers and readers!
With a brand new year comes new plans & goals, and if you own a dog, we're almost sure that some of them will be training related! 🐶
We caught up with K9 Connor over the festive period and spoke about all things dog. We are excited to share with you his response to our question "how can we achieve our dog training goals this year?"
Right every body..."pawsaminute" (do you get it?) A new year means a chance for us all to reset and plan our goals not only for our dogs, but also for ourselves.
Let's face it, 2020 was shocking, unlike anything we've ever seen. A global pandemic. Schools shut, one, two - even three lockdowns. However something that 2020 did provide to many of us was a realisation of our dreams and goals.
As dog owners, we all have a vision of what we want our dogs to be, what we want to teach them, and how we want them to behave. So, in 2021, let's go out and get that done.
There's a few things you're going to want to start by getting if you're new to training and want to start implementing a training plan into your weekly schedule. Get yourself a training lead, buy yourself a long line. Seek out a treat pouch or bag, and hit the videos of your favourite trainers (shameless plug, you can find me here. www.instagram.com/k9connor)
Most importantly, be patient. Practice calmness and accept the bad days. I promise they are a part of your journey too, and they will pass.
Now, what I want you to do is think of your long term goal, the big one that you desperately want to achieve. You got it? Ok - now shrink it! No, I don't mean make it smaller, or give it any less meaning. I simply mean put it on a smaller piece of paper, because even the smaller victories are big wins.
Let me give you an example. If you want to practice heelwork, start in the garden. If you want to encourage calm behaviour around dogs, start in a natural environment, then build up to structured walks. It's the small steps that make the big things a reality.
So in summary, suck it 2020! 2021 is our year, the year we set goals and crush them. We don't give up and we hold ourselves accountable.
For any help or advise on training, you can find Connor on:
Tik Tok @k9connor