How to design a dog training plan

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.
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