What to Expect From Your Dog
Today, more and more, we find that people expect unbelievable feats of accomplishment from all aspects of life than were previously though reasonable. Many things contribute to this strain on humans and animals alike. Television, Movies, News Broadcasts, and sensational specials, depict animals in feats of daring, and performing acts that only the most advanced trainers should attempt. Also, lifestyles have changed to the extent that everything moves faster. the pace is so great sometimes that instant gratification is often being sought were it can not be found.
This type of gratification, and high expectation, is not a good combination in dog training. For the most-part you will be setting-up yourself and your dog for a grand disappointment. Some dogs learn faster than others for many reasons i.e. trainer abilities and expertise, conditions, age, personality, and a host of others factor into the bargain. Another problem can come from a trainer expecting results attained from a previous dog, to connote to another. Rarely will this happen.
Expect your dog to give you exactly what you put into the training, and preparation for training. Expect your dog to perform within the range of your ability to train. Just as certain athletes perform better when under the tutelage of a new, more experienced coach, so it is with a dog. Look to your own limitations first, in answering the question of what your dog will be able to accomplish. Learn all you can from as many experts and professionals as possible. Never shut the door to new training techniques and ideas for problem solving. Never take short cuts, nor shun the tried and true working procedures.
Dogs have off days just as people do. Learn the rhythms of your dog, and get to know when they might be under the weather, or just plain out of sorts. Never expect them to perform during these times in a consistent and normal manner. Never expect perfection under these circumstances, and temper your vision toward perfection at all times, with your abilities. Your dog will work down to your abilities or up to your expectations, depending upon your attitude toward training, and the time you are willing to devote to it.
To try for high scores in obedeince is a wonderful goal. To expect them is not conducive to a good working relationship with your dog, depending upon your training expertise. Once you continually expect them, you will be sorely disappointed when the time comes that they are not attained. Have fun with your dog, and enjoy the relationship during training. When you want to advance, or become a professional yourself, you can put a little more stress on yourself, and expect more from your dog.
As you train and learn, and your dog learns more, expectations will naturally increase. Just be aware of them, and try not to overestimate capability on both of your parts.