Training your pup is no walk in the park. Once you start training, you can’t expect Fido to pick up every command immediately, and during the training process, your dog will most likely act out on occasion until the training has really taken effect. While the end result is worth the efforts, you still may feel extremely frustrated at times because your dog won’t listen. In today’s post, we will talk about a few ways to deal with those frustrations instead of taking them out on your pup.

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Training Frustrations

As much as you love your dog, it’s perfectly normal to become frustrated over time due to his or her bad behavior. In a previous blog, we talked about how dogs live in the moment and how reacting to something your dog did hours ago could give him or her the wrong message. Ignoring your frustration when you come home from work to find that Fido destroyed a throw pillow is extremely difficult, especially when discipline may be your first reaction. Not to mention, bottling that frustration may lead to stress and you might even start to see your dog as more of a burden than your favorite furball.

When you’re feeling frustrated with bad behavior or the lack of progress in your dog’s training, it’s important to remember that your dog is doing his or her best to please you and earn your affection. Think about the reason behind the behavior. Is your pup bored? Is he or she hungry? Are you not providing your dog with enough affection or exercise? Try to break down the cause behind the issue, and if you’re still feeling frustrated, follow these tips below:

Take Deep Breaths

We’ve all been there. The first thing we want to do when we feel frustrated is to lash out. That being said, negative reactions can lead to further problems with your dog’s training. Instead of listening to your instincts, take a few seconds to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Use the three, three, three method. Inhale for three seconds, hold for three seconds, and then exhale for three seconds. Once you’ve repeated this process three times, you should feel yourself start to relax.

Remove Yourself From The Room

This suggestion is often easier said than done, but if you find yourself feeling frustrated with your pup, leave the room and isolate yourself. Being alone will give you the time you need to clear your head and think rationally. If you were working on training at the time you became frustrated, that may be a good excuse to take a break.

These are just a few suggestions on how to deal with your frustrations. Most importantly, you need to know that it is okay to become frustrated, especially when you are working on training. If you think professional dog training is what you need, Off-Leash K9 Huntsville can help. Learn more about the classes we offer and sign up today!