To improve your dog's behavior

Training our pets is hard. Our dogs have ups and downs like humans, so it's crucial to be realistic about how long training a new skill or behavior will take.

Martell says dog training is partially about the person and half about the dog. Remembering that your dog is only part of the equation is a key advice for self-training. “Handler skills play a big role,” says Martell.

Avoiding typical loose leash walking faults will help us enjoy a calmer walk with our dog. 

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 Like humans, dogs have a language of their own. Martell advises giving precise signs and feedback, not talking too much or too loudly, and not overwhelming your dog with praise. 

 Regular canine checkups will swiftly reveal if they're fearful, anxious, bewildered, or suffering. Martell illustrates this idea by asking, "do you put the leash on your dog and then check out?" If so, constantly checking in with your dog to see how they're doing. 

"Are you helping your dog or setting them up to fail?" Martell asks, adding that paying attention to the environment helps your dog learn new abilities and behaviors. 

Setting and keeping to dog training boundaries is essential. "Have you clearly given your dog permission to go and greet that person or did you just silently let them drag you over?"

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