Varying Of Training Locations
The old saying, “variety is the spice of life”, rings true in the world of dog training as well. Arctic breeds have a propensity toward “attention deficit disorder”, or so it would seem, sometimes. In reality, they just, plain, get bored with repetition, and redundancy, as do I, sometimes. Don’t you?
In order to avoid this situation, there are several ways to keep your dogs attention, and enthusiasm. One, is to change the scenery sometimes. That means finding different training locations. New places are good for you and your dog, as you both
progress in your abilities. These location changes are necessary for confidence as well. Obedience matches and obedience trials are always in different parks and venues. If your dog is not acclimated to changes, you will find the performances, less than anticipated.
Socialization of your dog is also an added feature that comes along with location changes. Not only should you change training areas, but also the types of areas. Vary the activity levels in the areas attended. It is an excellent practice to train in high activity locations, with lots of noise, people, vehicles, and sudden unexpected sounds. It is however, equally important to chose quite locations. Training should be balanced between these levels of activity and serenity. A dog can be just as leery or cautious of the lack of activity and noise in a place, as too much.
Now that you have thought about all the places you can go, let’s add a few more. The beach is great. Waves crashing, people running and screaming, lose dogs, new smells,and a completely different type of substance on the ground. A great place to introduce new experiences. Parks with ponds, and noisy ducks that smell real good, are great for
a change of pace. Indoor venues are the most neglected areas of training. You will discover the importance of practicing indoors, if one of your trials is indoors, and you have no experience there. Results can range from poor to something you would rather not think about. The rare exception, where a dog handles the new indoor environment, and comes away unscathed, is exactly that, rare.
Vary the conditions indoors. These differences should include noise, activity, other animals, and also quiet. Rooms that echo and reverberate sounds from all around, are also to be placed on the list. All of this will result in a more well rounded and consistent performance from your charge.
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