New year, new dog training goals
Happy New Year! I’m not a big resolution maker. They always seem too grand… and too easy to break. I am, however, a huge goal setter. Every year, I set goals for all aspects of my life, including dog training goals. In honor of the new year and also because January is Train Your Dog month, I thought I’d publicly put them out there to get myself a little bit of accountability. So here goes! Oh, and if you have goals for your dogs, post them in the comments. I’d love to hear what everyone is going to accomplish in 2013!
- Pass our Pet Partners retest before it expires in June. Gulp.
- Teach a new trick or behavior each month. This is super important to me now that he’s around 9 years old because I want to make sure he stays mentally sharp!
- Recall! Lucas has a stellar recall… unless there’s something more fun or exciting or interesting than I am. Haha.
- Continue to work on him ignoring other dogs while on leash. We’ve made some progress over the last couple of years, but we still have a ways to go.
- Build his confidence through agility. I send in our class registration form today, and we start on Sunday!
- Improve his walking behavior: eliminate pulling and improve his focus especially when other dogs go by.
- Less barking!
To me, those seem totally manageable if I break them down into individual, daily steps. I’m excited to see how far we come this year with some clear goals in mind!
What do you hope to accomplish with your dogs in 2013?