Gundogs are the best, especially as pups. They are so cute and fluffy, and they love to play fetch. It’s so much fun to take them out on walks and watch them explore the world around them.
But as soon as these pups reach a certain age, their owners put unneeded pressure on themselves to train them quickly and get them ready for hunting season. This can lead to problems down the road, both for the pup and the owner.
In this podcast and blog post, we will discuss why it is important to take your time when training gundog pups, and how doing so will benefit both you and your pup/young dog in the long run!
Pressure On Dogs Owners
Pets are a big responsibility, and there’s a lot of pressure to do everything right by them. This is especially true when it comes to dogs, who we tend to think of as members of the family. We want them to be obedient and well-behaved, and we often put pressure on ourselves to train them quickly.
In contrast, we don’t usually feel the same pressure when it comes to training a horse. Horses are usually seen as taking far longer to train, and we tend to give ourselves more time to train them. This is because horses require a lot of physical conditioning and training before they can be used for work.
In contrast, dogs are generally much easier to train and don’t require as much time or effort. As a result, we often put more pressure on ourselves to train them quickly. However, it’s important to remember that both dogs and horses are intelligent creatures that deserve our patience and respect.
Training either one quickly is not always the best option. instead, focus on doing what’s best for your pet, and take the time to form a bond built on trust and mutual respect.
Comparing Dogs Training Using Their Age
In life, it’s easy to compare our journey with others. We compare our age, the car we drive, and how much money we make. It’s human nature. But when it comes to our gundog’s development, comparing our journey with others can be detrimental. Instead of comparing our dog’s journey with someone else’s dog, focus on their personal learning. Be proud of the steps you and they have taken and the obstacles you’ve overcome.
Gundog training is a process that should be savoured. It’s a time to build trust and respect between you and your dog. If you focus on the end goal, you’ll miss all the wonderful moments along the way.
Take your time, enjoy the journey, and be proud of every accomplishment, no matter how small.
The Working Dog Training Age Race
When it comes to gundog training, there is no finish line. You will never “win” the training race. This isn’t a competition where the first person to cross the finish line is the winner. In fact, if you focus on winning, you’re likely to lose.
Dog training should be done slowly and sensibly for a number of reasons. First, it is important to give your dog time to learn new commands and behaviours. Rushing through training can result in your dog becoming confused or overwhelmed.
Secondly, taking things slowly allows you to build a strong bond with your dog based on trust and communication. This bond is essential for successful training.
Finally, going slowly makes it more likely that your dog will actually enjoy the process and want to learn more. When training is done sensibly, it can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend.
So, the next time you’re tempted to race through your dog’s training, remember to take a step back and enjoy the journey. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about spending quality time with your best friend and working together towards common goals.
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