Working with Engagement in Training

“Engagement in Training” simply means your dog wants to be with you.

If an individual doesn’t have engagement from their dog, how can you expect to be able to train your dog?

How can a person train a dog to do anything, if the dog doesn’t want to be with them? If a dog doesn’t want what you have (Praise, a game of tug etc), how are you supposed to motivate a dog to perform a given behaviour (such as follow a command)?

Without engagement the only way anyone can get a dog to do something is to FORCE that dog to do what you want it to do.
The earlier you teach your dog to engage with you, the easier training becomes. It is always so much harder to convince your dog just how much fun YOU can be.
If a dog learns to engage more with the environment than yourself at first, it takes a lot of time and energy, to change your dogs opinion of you.
An example of this would be having a dog that alway has it’s nose on the ground or always looking around at everything else BUT you.

In this photo you can see the Willingness & Engagement from Zooka (the dog) to his handler Cat.

engagement dog training

There is No Leash, No force!
When you try to force something, you will always be met with resistance.

 

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