Dog training is an important aspect of responsible pet ownership, and involving the whole family in training can be both fun and rewarding. When everyone is on the same page, training can be more effective and consistent, and the bond between the family and dog can be strengthened. In this blog post, we'll explore how to include the whole family in dog training.
Set Goals Together
Before starting any training, it's important to sit down as a family and discuss your goals. What do you want your dog to learn? Are there specific behaviours you'd like to work on? By setting goals together, everyone can work towards the same end result and have a clear understanding of what they want to achieve.
Create a Consistent Routine
Consistency is key when it comes to dog training. Create a routine that everyone in the family can follow, and stick to it as much as possible. This can include feeding times, exercise schedules, and training sessions. Consistency will help the whole family to hold themselves accountable and ensure you are meeting your dog’s needs, as well as making sure everyone gets quality time caring for and training your pup.
Attend Classes Together
All of out classes here at Best Behaviour Dog Training are suitable for all the family – you can attend together or take it in turns. Children are welcome to attend with a supervising adult, too, so they can be just as involved in the training process – kids often make great dog trainers, as they pick up new things quickly and are very intuitive about how their dogs are feeling. They often have a unique and close bond with the family dog, so take advantage of this and get them involved!
Make Training Fun
Training doesn't have to be a chore. Make it fun for the whole family by incorporating games and positive reinforcement. Use treats, toys, and praise to reward your dog for good behaviour. This will keep your dog engaged and motivated, and make training an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. We utilise positive, reward-based training in all of our classes as we know this is the most effective, ethical and fun way to train for both dogs and humans. As well as our Puppy & Dog classes, which cover games and tricks alongside life skills – we also offer lots of different activity-based classes such Fun Gundog, Dogtivity Adventure Club and Scent Detectives!
While our dogs can often pick up the basics of new behaviours with lightning speed, training life skills and building daily habits takes time and patience, so don't expect instant results. Be patient with your dog and with each other. Celebrate small victories and be supportive of each other when things don't go as planned. Remember, training is a journey, and it's one that the whole family can enjoy together.
Involving the whole family in dog training can be a great way to strengthen the bond with your dog and can even help bring the family together as they share their successes. By following the tips above, you can ensure that your dog receives the best possible training and care and has a great relationship with everyone in the household. So, gather the family and start training your furry friend today! Join us for our training classes
where the whole family are welcome!