If you’ve been around kids for any amount of time, you probably realized that kids can ask a lot of questions.
It’s important, it’s how they learn.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not exhausting for the person tasked with answering all the questions.
My youngest son is currently in the "Why Phase."
In case you don’t know what that is, it’s when a little kid asks "Why?" repeatedly to every statement someone makes - relentlessly.
The "Why Phase" is one of my favorites, just kidding - not really.
And the questions don’t stop as children get older.
They just morph into new ones.
Here are some questions my kids have asked me recently:
"Mom, he’s touching me. Can you make him stop touching me?"
"Mom, what’s for dinner? Can I just eat a handful of salt?"
"Can I have a Popsicle now? Why do I have to wait until after dinner?"
"Have you seen my shoes? Where are my socks? Do you know where my swimsuit is?"
The questions are endless.
My energy is running low.
This takes me to the other day, where I was sitting in a waiting room next to a young mother with two small children.
The children were asking questions pretty much nonstop.
I was impressed with the mother’s ability to answer her children’s questions so well and still fill out the paperwork in front of her.
I am not good at that anymore.
I’ve been parenting young, inquisitive children continuously for over 20 years.
At some point along the way, I stopped being able to focus on all the chatter.
Don’t get me wrong, I hear the important stuff - usually.
Although, sometimes the kids have to repeat themselves a couple of times.
But more times than I’d like to admit, I completely tune them out.
I don’t hear them.
And it’s not like I’m trying to ignore them.
Well, MOST of the time.
So, what’s my point and what does this have to do with dog training?
Well, dogs can get to the point where they tune us out, too!
If we inundate our dogs with words, commands that we repeat over and over again, eventually our dogs stop listening.
Often, we see dogs that only listen when their owners use a stern tone of voice.
They completely tune out their owner’s kind requests to perform a behavior.
The same dogs will perform the request well if the owner has a treat.
You see the owner has their dog’s attention.
One of the hardest things we teach people is to use fewer words when training their dogs.
We train owners to make their words have meaning, instead of repeating commands in an endless stream of chatter.
It is possible to get your dog to obey a command the first time you request it.
And yes, without a treat.
We can show you how.
The first step is to schedule your free, no obligation evaluation. Click here to schedule your evaluation online now.
You pick a day and time that works best for you.
A trainer will meet with you and your dog (and anyone else that you would like involved in training) and go over some history, find out your training goals, and discuss training options.
We can usually provide you with some free tips to help you start seeing immediate results.
You can find out more about all our training options and get any questions you have answered.
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