News / March 4, 2024

Why You Should Start Controlling Freedoms When Training Your Dog

Your relationship with your dog and how they respond to you is a result of every interaction you have previously had with them. Of those interactions, the most important will inevitably revolve around food, freedom, or affection. These three tools are really useful to dog owners, but to maximise their potential, you need to know how and when to use them. Check out our YouTube video explaining the Power of Food when dog training, where you will learn how to use food relating to your dog.  

So what do we mean by ‘freedom’? Freedom in a home environment means access to space and territory, such as the kitchen or sofa. This is about where your dog can and can’t go. It also includes how much of your dog’s ability to access you as an owner. 

Outside the home, such as when you are on walks with your dog, freedom relates to whether your dog is on or off lead. If they are off lead, how far are they from you? What are they doing whilst off lead? Read more about off-lead training and why it is so important on our other blog post, Off-Lead Dog Walks: Why Should I Teach My Dog To Walk Off-Lead?

Although you may think you already control and manage your dog’s freedom, shutting doors, putting up dog gates or carrying your dog inside from the garden are all physical barriers used as forms of control. 

The key to using freedom as an effective tool is building and strengthening the relationship you have with your dog. To do this, start using mental or invisible boundaries rather than physical ones, but do not abandon these physical barriers as these work when we are not around to supervise. However, when we are with our dogs, it is critical that the control we have is created through our relationship rather than a physical barrier or equipment. 

Watch our YouTube video, Controlling Freedoms, for more information about how to effectively control freedoms within your dog’s training.

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