A Peaceful Life

 Lenny, he loves to engage with his dad!

 

Engagement is so important to the training process. It’s important to living a more peaceful, communicative relationship with your dog. Developing this one area of communication with your dog can go a long way to solving many potential issues that you may face. You may be experiencing issues with your pooch right now. Engagement can help. It is living a peaceful life with our dogs.

 

Engagement is simply developing your dogs drive for play to a degree where the dog wants to come to you and play with excitement.

 

One example would be the infamous throw the ball, keep away game many dogs play. You throw the ball, they chase it, grab it, and proceed to play keep away from you. A dog who has been developed with proper engagement will immediately return and literally throw the ball back at you wanting to play some more.

 

Developing your dogs drive to this point gives you an advantage other dog owners do not have. Other owners have to force, fight, and struggle to get their dogs to behave or do simple tasks like sitting. Your dog, a dog with drive wants to do things because they are satisfying the dogs need for interaction and stimulation. In short, you have turned life into a game.

 

 

 

Just because you’re turning life into a game doesn’t mean it doesn’t get serious. To the dog, it’s a game; to you it should be a game but with a serious undertone. You want training to be light, relaxed, and carefree for the dog. However, you’re still working toward a serious goal. A well behaved dog that doesn’t get into mischief and listens when asked to do something. This can literally save your dogs life.

 

So how do you develop engagement?

 

You play with your dog under a specific set of rules that intentionally develop your dogs drive (if you’re unsure of what drive is Google it, lots of articles on it).

 

Your dog has a prey drive, you want to harness this drive and channel it into games like fetch and tug of war. Under a specific set of rules your dog will learn to listen, learn patience, learn to do things the first time, and they will love doing it because it is a big game to them.

 

Over time you install obedience and discipline into the game to help the dog “tighten” up their obedience and response times.

 

Engagement is important. Take a few days, focus on developing your dogs drive, focus it into obedience with structured play and experience just how fast it transforms your dogs behavior.

 

*Jason Mann

*Train Pawsitive

*Train Pawsitive Students

*Michele Ryan