Training your dog is really only partially about conveying information to the dog. The rest of the equation is about other factors that interfere with your training. There are many and even when you're expecting them, sometimes they take you by surprise. The good news is, there is always a solution if you are determined enough. Let's talk about a few problems and some potential solutions.
One of the most important skills you will ever teach your dog is to come to you reliably on command. It could literally save their lives one day. Having a dog who comes reliably gives them freedom to enjoy life and gives you the freedom to enjoy them.
If you are looking for a great way to spend some time with your dog, why not try some tracking? Dogs have wonderful noses and tracking games are universal for all breeds. While some may be more naturally inclined than others, dogs of all breed, shape and size can have a great time tracking. Best of all, it's easy to teach and play with.
Dogs operate very honestly and clearly. They show their emotions and needs through body language. Whether they are trying to show aggression or appeasement behaviours, you'll see changes to posture and expression. Identifying aggression in dogs is fairly straight forward with a little bit of learning.
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