Developing Sensitivity

Rocky holding a down on the trails

Sometimes in dog training the smallest things are the most important. I can’t tell you how often I’m talking to clients and they miss a crucial change in their dog. A change that tells them something is about to happen, but because we’re caught up in conversation, they miss it. This doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, this is what is expected when you talk to humans. The problem becomes missing crucial moments in time that can be seen and used as educational.

Sensitivity Like This is Learned

I can be having a full conversation about anything with anyone and I still know what the dogs in my general vicinity are doing. I’m very sensitive to shifts like that, and it’s not a spiritual or psychic thing. It’s simply been practiced over and over again. This is something that is learned, not innate for humans.

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A good rule of thumb might be to check in frequently when with your dog, because the longer they allow themselves to be carried away in a state that is not beneficial to them the harder it will be to snap them out of it. Addressing problems early makes it require less pressure and ultimately less repetition because you’re addressing the loading behaviours rather than the problem behaviours. Cancel the download as it’s occurring; it’s faster than uninstalling the program after it’s already done.

No matter what you’re dealing with, learn to interrupt the patterns that you see. These patterns are more useful to pay attention to than the problems you’re experiencing.

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