January 11th, 2011
|Progress in your dog’s learning curve may come to a temporary halt. Reaching a plateau is quite natural and happens in all learning, whether it’s a person learning a language or a sport, or a dog in training. After a period of great progress (in dogs this is usually six weeks), during which there is steady improvement, suddenly things not only don’t get better, they seem to get worse. Take a deep breath: this too shall pass. Don’t pressure your dog for a few days and then – just like with people training for a sport – he will suddenly perform better.
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