When training a dog–and yourself–consistency and being proactive are key. If you have decided to work on a specific issue with your dog, a training plan such as the following will be helpful.
- Clearly identify the problem or issue. Ask other dog owners for suggestions, and talk to your vet if you think your dog might have a medical problem.
- Research the underlying reasons. What is going on in your household or your life that might be part of the issue?
- Brainstorm for solutions.
- Select the best solution.
- Design a strategy for learning that starts out easy and increases gradually, that sets you and the dog up for success, and that everyone in the household can participate in.
- Set milestones for accomplishing specific objectives.
- Regularly evaluate your progress, and seek additional instruction, if needed.