I’ve been working some difficult cases recently. Dogs with fear issues or who are reactive to other dogs can have a hard time coping in a New York City environment. Modifying these challenging behaviors can test any dog owner’s patience, especially when we live in a city where the expectation and the norm is to get what you want and to get it fast. To help keep things in perspective and to help dog owners realize the fruits of their very hard labor, as small as they sometimes may seem, I’ve started to suggest to clients the idea of keeping a training journal.
If you are currently working with your dog to overcome some challenges, consider jotting down brief notes everyday to keep track of progress. It always helps to open your journal to page one and ultimately realize how far you’ve actually come, especially when you’re feeling discouraged. That can be the best positive reinforcement for any dog owner.
Give it try and good luck training!