Don’t Rush The Training For Your Working Dog (and all other dogs)

Someone Needed Help With Their Working Dog

I had a call directed to me by one of our local veterinary clinics from a man who was having trouble with his 3  or 4 month old Norwegian Elkhound. He had obtained the puppy so he could raise it to be a guardian for his free ranging flock of chickens during the seasons they were outside.

His problem was that he had put the puppy out with the chickens, who promptly started chasing them. Frustrated, the man corrected the puppy physically, with the result of, in the man’s own words, “putting a barrier between us for about a week”.

It affected their relationship.

Yes. So I gave him advice on helping his dog to learn his future job. The man was very receptive to the advice and said it made sense and he should have known to do this in the first place.

What To Start With

What I told him was not rocket science. “Sometimes” us humans have the desire to have things happen immediately. It is as simple as that. We want stuff done without doing the work. I am guilty of that as well at times, I admit.

Even if you want your dog to be trained faster, there is no quick fix. There is no magic wand to wave an have this done. It cannot be done.

The best thing you can do is become conscious of the fact that thinking and wanting immediate results is not possible.

Only when you realize that can you take action.

Thinking gets in the way of acting, which is what accomplishes things.

The One Thing You Need Then, To Train

When training your working dog or you pet dog, your best friend is the leash. The leash helps you to prevent things. It helps your dog not to run away from you when you want to train him. It helps prevent disasters.

I remember my uncle saying many times that he hated seeing a dog on a leash. Knowing my uncle very well and the context in which he said that, he was projecting his own issue of being tied down and forced to do something onto the dog. He loved animals but hated to see anything cooped up.

Having a leash on does not have to be a bad thing for a dog. If trained properly and rewarded properly, a leash can be seen as a fun thing to a dog. It is all a matter of how the dog is trained and how well.

Not wanting a dog on leash is an issue created by humans.

So, in order to have a properly trained working dog and a properly trained pet, don’t rush your training. Doing so will prevent almost all problems and help you to stay calm and focused so you can train your dog.

Happy training everyone!