Setting training goals for your puppy is vital.
It gives you a structure to work through and keeps you motivated to continue to train.
Keep reading to find out how you can set training goals with your puppy
Goals are the same as having a destination before you set out on a road trip.
Without the destination, you cannot map out the journey and it will guarantee that you get lost (unless that is the goal!)
By having a training goal, you can figure out the behaviors that are most important to you and create steps to achieve the overall goal
This creates your training plan.
In fact, I believe this is exactly what you should do, however, not everyone has that knowledge beforehand.
If you need help on what to train whilst you figure out your goals then check out how to start training your puppy today.
Write down your current lifestyle, the more detail the better.
Do you have kids? Travel?
How much time do you get off work?
Knowing what your current lifestyle looks out BEFORE you get your puppy will determine what breed, behaviour and even the breeder or rescue you go for.
The main reason why a goal is so important to have before you get a puppy is that you need to get a puppy that is genetically capable of that goal.
This decreases the chances of needing to rehome the puppy in the future.
Training can only do so much until you hit a wall due to genetic predisposition.
Your Belgian Malinois will bite.
Your border collie will herd.
Your greyhound will want to chase small fluffy things.
And if you already have your puppy – be realistic with your goal.
You cannot expect a working line to sit on the sofa for 5 hours without physical and mental stimulation.
You may need a trainer to help with this, but now list the behaviours you need that fit perfectly with your current lifestyle
Love a casual evening stroll? Loose lead walking may be a desired behaviour.
Want to go on family adventures? An amazing recall will make your adventure that much more fun.
So by now you should have written down your current lifestyle, realistic goals and the behaviour needed.
Now we need to write the steps for that behaviour.
Let’s do the steps of a recall together.
The end result –
Puppy should be able to be in any public space with any distraction and return back to owner on the first command every single time.
This behaviour could take anywhere from 6 – 12 months to reliably train depending on consistency.
Creating steps for certain behaviours is about reverse engineering everything and writing down how reliable you want that command
If you’re ready to set goals for your puppy and start achieving them then my 4 week perfect puppy programme is perfect for you!