It is amazing how much easier training and life is after you start getting clues about your dog’s cues, behaviors, likes, and dislikes. Try to pay attention to physical tells in his or her stance, posture, ears and tail in all types of situations! Then use those tells to help you communicate and deal with your pet appropriately, if they are scared than comfort them. If something is starting to stress your dog out, try to mediate the issue or remove the stressful thing from the dog's environment. Not only will this build trust, but also everyone will feel better in the long run.
This especially becomes helpful when training new behaviors! Dogs have preferences...so it is very important to know your pup’s preferences!
Is he food driven? Well, try some Tricky Trainers...even further than that, what is his favorite flavor? Meaty kind of guy? Or does he love cheddar? Did you also know that there are chewy or crunchy varieties?...SitStay is the treat headquarters, and we also have a huge selection of single ingredient chews that will satisfy any unique taste! This may sound a little excessive, but pets have treat preferences just like we do. Knowing what really excites your pet will be extremely useful when you want to motivate your pet to listen to you or just reward them for being such a good dog!
Or is his stomach not always on his mind. Maybe your pooch is toy and activity driven animal. As a reward instead give him 10 more minutes at the park or a brand new fluffy toy to rip apart! Try our Wild Knots Eagle, which is fluffy on the outside, and rope on the inside. Or you can try our adorable Cozy Floppy Rabbit!
Maybe he loves both? A little snack and activity is the ticket to your dogs heart. You might have to put in a little work to find that right balance between the two.