Updated: Nov 30, 2020
Regardless of the tools we use and training systems we follow in training our dogs, one of the most important lessons is to realize that there is a very simple and almost crude component to dog training. That component is to “grind the repetitions”, as I say, until we may get green in the face.
Dogs get proficient when we identify the solution and practice the skill over, and over, and over. We can follow the latest promise of a magical product to cure all behavior problems, or a gazillion different collars, harnesses, or bells and whistles (literally). And maybe those tools appear really helpful… but to get reliability we all can get it done by enforcing reps until the skill becomes embodied in every fiber of our dog.