I lost my Service Dog about 4 years ago and I've had to learn to live without him. I've gradually shifted to needing to be with my husband when living my daily life. I can't really handle being by myself unless I'm doing training. I can't really explain that other than that I've been doing training for so long that it just feels so natural and I get more relaxed when I'm training a dog. Many friends watching me train have often said that I am a different person when I train and I often attribute that to being of of the many masks that I wear to hide how I'm feeling.
I said that to be able to say this, I understand how hard it is to train with your dog when you have stuff going on that just make you want to stay in bed all day, or you have a medical issue where you need to stay in bed all day, but the training has to continue. It can't stop just because we can't get out and go.
|Yadi doing DPT while I was laying down.|
The training has to be an ongoing 24/7 thing. You cannot allow your dog to jump on you some times and correct them other times, you cannot allow them to pull on leash some times and not others. You have to ask that they follow the rules all the time. Allowing them to get away something only sets you back in your training.
Think of all of the time that you spend trying to cleaning up after a mess that your dog has made because you didn't work on leave it enough with them. Or how long you spend chasing them in the yard because you didn't reward them enough for coming when you called them, or maybe you even you called them to you and then got onto them for something they did when they came to you.
We have to approach our training with a proactive mindset and teach our dogs what we want them to do from the beginning rather than waiting until they have already reacted and then us responding to that behavior.
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