When our dog is behaving in a way that we find unacceptable or we feel as though they should be able to cope we can pause and ask ourselves a few questions:
- Why is my dog behaving this way
- What does my dog need to not behave this way
- Does my dog feel safe
- Whose agenda and timetable am I following
- What do I need to do to support myself and my dog/s
We are often in a human hurry to get results, to progress more quickly than our dogs are able to and in our hurry we can create more issues and affect the relationship with our dogs.
The slower we go the better opportunity to build trust and confidence and the better the relationship and feeling of safety.
The slower we go the more likely it can be to learn and process information.
The slower we go the more possible progress can be.
A great question to ask ourselves is ‘What can I do better or different’.
Trying to hurry our dogs when they are simply not ready, not yet skilled enough or not yet capable of is unlikely to be helpful either end of the lead.
What have you done too fast or have slowed down with?