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As Christmas and the New Year approach, what are you doing to prepare yourself and your dog to be better in 2017? One of the defining characteristics of our culture is inconsistency. You can rely on the fact that you can’t rely on anyone to do what they said they were going to do consistently. Well, your dog can help with this.

Many dog owners, military and law enforcement handlers and SAR trackers are very frustrated with their dogs because of their lack of consistency.  Many who work with dogs simply refuse to deal with their dogs unless they are on the training field or being called out.  They lock their dogs in their crates for transport, do what they must, return their dogs to their crates as soon as possible, get back to their kennel or home and take the dog out of the crate and into the kennel.

Let’s face it, dogs require us to be disciplined if we are going to have them with us all the time.  But this is what Dogmen do.

We must discipline ourselves to be consistent.  Why would we expect something out of our dogs that we are not willing to train into ourselves?  Open your eyes to how you are actually acting.  Expect the same thing out of your dog in your home (if you are allowed to take him there), at work laying under your desk (not in his kennel or the back of your cruiser), in your car during transport, when in the field, all the time.  And you must become a consistent handler for this to be a reality.

Do not allow yourself to give into laziness and take the easy route.  Every time you fail to correct your dog, you are doing both him and yourself a disservice.  Think about that the next time you are in a situation where your life is in your dog’s paws, so to speak, and he is acting out.  Consistency may save both your life and his.  Plus, it is much nicer to have a consistent dog in your home.

So be consistent.

Until next time, this is Joel with Dunetos K-9 helping sharpen your world…one dog at a time.

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