In order to ensure success, one must have specific dog training goals, understand their impact and remember what to implement daily! Below are some tools to help you get there!
Write down the list of goals you have for your dog. Ask yourself these questions to get started:
1. What is the behavior you’d like your dog to do instead of the problem behavior?
2. Where would you like your dog to do this behavior?
3. When would you like your dog to do this behavior?
4. What distractions will be present?
For example: I would like my dog to (1) walk next to me on my right side while on leash in our (2) neighborhood (3) each day while (4) other people and dogs are present.
No make two columns: Column 1 is the goal and column 2 is the impact the goal would have on your life and your relationship with your dog. The impact is really important to identify since it becomes the motivational push during the training process!
GOAL: I would like my dog to walk next to me on my right side while on leash in our neighborhood each day while other people and dogs are present.
IMPACT: I would enjoy the walks more and be motivated to provide additional exercise and socialization for my dog. My dog would then be more relaxed while in our house and avoid engaging in attention seeking / boredom behaviors such as, barking and chewing.