One of our jobs as a trainer is to help our dog gain the confidence he needs to make his own decisions. This does not mean he will always make the “correct” decision, but this is not the same as a “bad” decision.

If you continue to make things easier for your dog, they will never gain the confidence to make the decision by themselves when needed.

Help them if needed, cheerlead them occasionally and praise them often (even when they make an incorrect decision). I would much rather have my dog make an incorrect decision, than stand there waiting for me to tell him what to do. Teach your dog how to think, not just how to react.

Train hard. Play harder.


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