BonaFide Dog Academy Training Tip of the Day
Before you ask your dog to perform a behavior, ask yourself "Do I have everything I need at hand to make sure my dog does what I ask him to do?" For example, if you are going to ask your dog to sit, is he on leash or close enough to you that you can get your hands on him to gently help him sit if he doesn't respond to your command? If not, don't ask him to sit until you put a leash on him or are able to get close enough to him to help him sit if he needs it. Every time you ask your dog to do something and he doesn't do it, you are actually teaching your dog that he can ignore you. But if you always set yourself up to help your dog follow through if he doesn't do the behavior on his own, you are teaching your dog that he must comply each and every time you tell him to do something.
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