A large part of dog training is creating ease.  Our Salt Lake City dog training company advocates success in the dog’s learning curve.  Baby steps are taken to ensure success. This eliminates multiple failures on the dog’s end.

Also allow yourself to be successful.  Talking to yourself in a loving and compassionate manner is crucial for your confidence and success level.  Remember the more you practice the easier dog training will become.  Visualizing how you want the obedience training session to look ahead of time will ensure even more success.

Here is a great example from this past week in regards to my daughter and my dog.  In the past, I felt stressed with the three of us.  This time I visualized success.  Seiki behaved well in the car and when he barked I remembered to breath and follow my intention of love.  As a result, I was able to lovingly redirect him into a quiet down stay easily.  Upon arriving at our destination I digested one step at a time.  I trained Seiki to stay in a down in the car by using using successful increments (shaping).  This allowed me to easily get Iris ready. Also, the destination I chose was not highly dog populated, was only 5 minutes away and was fully fenced.  As a result, I could arrive there quickly instead of stressing about time.  I was able to let Iris run around while Seiki ran off leash. We had a blast!!!

I would love for everyone that reads this post to comment below. The key to a good dog trainer is to look within yourself. What have you change within yourself to create more success with your dog?

Plan ahead and keep dog training simple 🙂  If you need any support in creating this in your life with your dog please contact Four Legged Scholars dog training, Salt Lake City.

Happy Training!

Johanna Teresi, Professional Trainer and owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, dog training Salt Lake City

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  1. Jesse Webb

    Great tips here, Johanna! I love the piece about being gentle and loving with ourselves during this process too. Since dogs pick up on our emotions and energy, it only makes sense to keep ourselves in a calm, peaceful, loving state to get the best results from dog training. 🙂

    • fourleggedscholars

      Thank Jessie! Yes dogs do feed off our energy for sure. I love how you get this!!

  2. Linda Ursin

    Given that I have a hyper Kelpie who’s food obsessed to begin with and is now on a diet, so he’s even more obsessive. I’d say I’m doing pretty good. He has his moments when his behavior is not so good, and others where he could have done speed obedience.

    • fourleggedscholars

      Linda, I would love to hear more about what is going on with your Kelpie. When you are referring to good and bad behavior what exactly is your dog doing? I would also like to welcome if you are willing to look at the mirrors. Our ego can only label things as good and bad. Are you willing to look at your dog’s behavior through the eyes of God and see it as just behavior? Then from there are you willing to be accountable to what your dog is communicating to you instead of labeling his behavior as bad?

  3. Patricia

    Great tips! Our lab is 8 years old, I had a dog trainer hen she was a baby, she used to do great tricks, but then our kids came along and its all over, she often eats their socks, books clothes.. lol

    • fourleggedscholars

      Thank you Patricia for sharing 🙂 What did you learn that was helpful for you? How can you create what you want by making it “easy?”

  4. PollyAnna

    I have such an amazing dog, and he is super intuitive. It’s really helpful, because on my off days, he usually cuddles me and tries to lick my tears. The biggest thing I’ve been working with him on is not barking so loudly. I feel bad to train him to be quiet because I think having a voice is important (even if I can’t understand barking). I’ve been trying to shift my anger and annoyance for the loud barking (I have super sensitive ears and barking will send me into headaches and ringing head), to understanding so my baby can see he doesn’t have to be loud to tell me what he wants. He’s actually gotten much better about it, and I can see him try to bark softer for me. But I’d love to get the consistency of quiet barks going 🙂

    • fourleggedscholars

      Thank you for sharing your frustration. I am understanding that the barking is annoying to you and you want to create something different. In the post I was explaining on breaking things down and making the easier 🙂 What did you learn from this post in relation to your dog barking?