Tips for Owners of Performance Dogs
The greatest assets to the performance dog and handler team are a strong and trusting relationship, superb attention skills from the dog and an understanding by the handler that training is a reciprocal process, one that is both a science and an art. These skills should start early in the team’s performance-sport career for optimum success.
*Attention: Taught in a fun, non-threatening manner, creating a dog that willingly seeks out a connection with its handler. Attention exercises should be the core of every performance dog’s repertoire.
*Impulse control and deference exercises should be an everyday part of the performance dog’s normal routine. And turning “work” into play should be the handler’s goal.
*Clear communication and consistent criteria are practices that every performance handler should apply during the training process. This speeds the learning process and training becomes fun and less frustrating for both dog and handler.
There are performance activities available for all breeds and mixed breeds.
Adding a performance activity to your dog’s life will bring both rewards and challenges that will enhance your relationship and create a bond like no other! A new activity for you and your dog is right around the corner! Check our class schedule to see what is available.
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