I’m often asked what is the most important skill my dog needs to learn. Put another way, with so many things to learn, where do I start?
Great Questions. I can boil it down to Three Concepts Every Dog Should Master.
Think of this as the off-switch so many dogs are missing. Does your dog default to either a calm activity, rest, or sleep when YOU decide it’s time to relax? It’s a tough one for many dogs, especially young dogs. The good news is it’s also a pretty easy one to learn. If you’re struggling with this, I have easy, fast, and fun games as well as two important strategies to help your dog learn to relax in your home. The RosyDogs Boundary Games Workshop is a great place to start.
How does your dog respond when something new appears? Does she back away from an umbrella opening, or bark at a dog appearing in the distance? Both are new things that Optimists will view as something either good, or at the very least nothing of concern. New things are part of life. Learning to think of them as a non-event is key to a happy life.
Book an eye-opening Optimism Assessment today to both learn where your dog is on this important scale while learning 3 powerful games that Increase Optimism in the future.
Once your dog notices something, can he let it go? Or does he continue to pull you down the street after that squirrel? Maybe he paces the entire time your guests are watching the game with you. Perhaps he seems agitated long after encountering something upsetting. Letting go is extremely important in just about every area in your dog’s life.
Often, Disengagement Struggles are often combined with other key skills not on this list. Still, it’s too important to overlook because Disengagement is often the bottleneck to real change. The best way to start is to Book a Consult for a full assessment and GamePlan.
Every dog is different and every dog guardian has different expectations. When pressed, this is where I can confidently say where you should begin on your RosyDogs Journey. An Assessment is designed to fully evaluate your dog to uncover other more important struggles and provide the GamePlan Customized to your dog.
So how do you think your dog would do on this test?
Rebecca Porter has been fascinated by dogs for decades, but it took a frantic mixed breed to send her on a journey into innovative and real life solutions in dog training.