For those of us that enjoy training our dogs a small tip can mean a lot and help our canine friends get the most out of a session.
I always advise owners to let their dog exercise before a training session begins and 'do its business' to both burn off excess energy and avoid distractions. This and keeping training sessions short usually form the framework of my pre-training advice.
I came across some information recently regarding a study that involved dogs after a training session that I thought was pretty interesting and would like to share it with you.
The study carried out in 2016 at University of Lincoln in the UK found that dogs that engaged in a play session straight after a training session, as opposed to resting, needed far fewer sessions to complete previously learned tasks the next day compared to dogs that had rested.
It is thought that the hormones produced during the play/exercise component after a training session helped the dogs to improve their memory after learning tasks.
So the next time you're out teaching your canine friend a new command it may be wise to allow for a session of 'fetch' afterwards!
John Deeprose is a former Dog Trainer, Animal Behaviourist and Pet Business Owner. John is an established authority in the canine world and has a large social media following of dog owners and dog-related businesses worldwide.