We had this lovely lady in for our first session of today for some help with leash pulling and recall training.
Tilly was actually already pretty great in all honesty, and this post is going to be more about the topic of developing trust and confidence in handling.
There was a little leash pulling due to general over-excitement but we got her engaged and walking nicely no problems at all. The fundamentals were all there and her owners built a solid relationship with Tilly so she’s nice, engaged and responsive.
Finally we worked on some recall exercises and proofed it around some other dogs and Tilly nailed it without problem. She’s food motivated and ball motivated which honestly just makes training a treat. If your dog doesn’t have something they LOVE, you will struggle to motivate them in the event of any obedience or behavioural issues in the future.
Today was more about improving the confidence of Tilly’s owner, proofing her existing obedience and showing that she had the skills to be trusted off-leash around other dogs. Knowing that you’re on the right track and have a history of success to rely on makes the world of difference.
We put so much focus on what our dogs know and how they behave, but in honesty, the skill and enthusiasm of the handler is just as integral and is often overlooked. If you aren’t confident in your capabilities as an owner, you can best believe your dog won’t look to you for guidance and support when navigating through life.
Training isn’t just for ‘bad’ dogs, it’s also to improve on already good foundations and ensure that we’re on the right track, to mitigate any potential problems in the future, to learn something new and enrich our dogs lives, or purely for just for fun.
Well done to Tilly and her owner!