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Hopefordogs Canine Training

Original content: South West Dog Skills, UK

Space – Respect your dog’s space. Provide a quiet space away from busy environments to allow them to recuperate and get some well-earned rest. A busy household can be hugely impactful on your dog’s frame of mind and therefore, behaviour.

Time – When out on walks, give the dog the time to process sights, sounds and most importantly, smells. Instead of simply walking from point A to B, go slow and at the dog’s pace. Sniffing is a vital form of enrichment for dogs. They gather vital information they need through their olfactory senses.

Empathy – So often we forget that dogs are sentient beings and have emotional responses too. When your dog is acting out of the ordinary, think about what could be causing your dog’s behaviour. Taking into consideration the sort of day they’ve had, whether they have been able to fully rest or could they be in some discomfort.

Patience – When things are stressful, we sometimes can become short-tempered with our dogs. Don’t be in such a rush to get the training task complete or to walk around the park pulling your dog away from every smell they stop to sniff. Instead, enjoy the moment and relax. Time with our dogs should be enjoyable and savoured because at the end of the day, the walk is about them and a nice walk is all they ask of us!

"Beneath every behaviour, there is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we meet that need, rather than focus on the behaviour, we begin to deal with the cause, not the symptom."

Ashleigh Warner