What if I told you that the secret to unlocking your dog's success lies within the walls of your own home? I've been using a training den for many years, and so have my students. I’m covering how to use a training den to fast track your dog’s success and confidence, what I keep in my training den, and why it creates a bond with dogs and helps them love training. The good feelings you create for your dog in your training den transfer to the training, which transfers to you, and you can generalize that to other places. And don’t worry if you don’t have much space; everyone can create an environment for learning success.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • About the importance of identifying ideal training environments for dogs.
  • The goal of training sessions: build and maintain confidence while we build and maintain behavior.
  • Why we need to tailor the training environment to the dog's age and stage.
  • Where and how to create a dedicated training area or "training den" in your home.
  • The benefits of the training den in controlling distractions and building positive associations.
  • Why Positive Conditioned Emotional Responses (CERs) are vital in dog training.
  • What to include in the training den, and what I have in mine.
  • Tips on choosing the right flooring for the training area.
  • How training dens set dogs and people up for success and the value transfers.

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