As a dog trainer, I find that continuity in training is pivotal to have and to keep having a well-behaved dog. Since I have started working at Bark and Birch, I see approximately 80 dogs come in and out of our doors every month, plus those who opt for 1-2-1 sessions. That’s 80+ owners who vow to keep up the training, whether it’s for basic obedience or rehabilitation training. The owners who see the most change in their dog are those who follow the advice and put it into practice every day.

From a dog’s perspective, no matter of age or breed, if a command is not practised consistently, with the same rules each time, the dog will either forget it because it’s only practised sporadically or it only has to do it some of the time because the rules behind it are not consistent. We believe that dogs should be taught yes and no and know the difference between right and wrong, once they know this we can teach them how to do more of the good things and less of the wrong.

Of course, as owners, you will have commands that you practice more often, ie come, heel, and you may not have as much everyday use for the “leave”. However, if you want your dog to know what leave means, you must practice it with different items every day.

We believe in a 60-20-20 rule:

  • 60% of each walk should be training and reinforcing of commands
  • 40% is playtime
  • 40% is bondings time

A well-trained dog should be able to do the commands in whatever environment, be that a flat with no distractions to a busy street with traffic, people and other dogs walking by, etc.

If training is continued and done in a variety of situations, it will not only help the dog’s confidence levels but also the relationship with the owner.

It may take time for your dog to learn it, you may need professional help. Here at Bark and Birch, we offer 1-2-1 training at your home as well as several board & train programs. Find out more at https://barkandbirch.com/training-other-services/

A well-trained dog should be able to do the commands in whatever environment, be that a flat with no distractions to a busy street with traffic, people and other dogs walking by, etc.

If training is continued and done in a variety of situations, it will not only help the dog’s confidence levels but also the relationship with the owner.

It may take time for your dog to learn it, you may need professional help. Here at Bark and Birch, we offer 1-2-1 training at your home as well as several board & train programs. Find out more at https://barkandbirch.com/training-other-services/