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  • Writer's pictureKeri Putonen

INCORPORATING 'ATOMIC HABITS' INTO OUR DOG TRAINING

Updated: Sep 18, 2023


At Unleashed Abilities, we believe in the power of small, consistent changes to achieve remarkable results. Our philosophy is deeply rooted in the principles of 'Atomic Habits', a concept introduced by James Clear. This approach, while commonly applied to personal development, is equally transformative in the realm of dog training.



The Unleashed Abilities Way: Small Changes, Big Impact


We design our training programs around the principle of incremental changes. We understand that expecting immediate obedience from your dog can be overwhelming for both you and your pet. Instead, we focus on achievable behaviors, training your dog to master one command at a time. This method not only makes training more manageable but also sets your dog up for success, boosting their confidence.


Consistency: The Cornerstone of Our Training


Just as 'Atomic Habits' emphasizes the importance of consistency over intensity, we at Unleashed Abilities incorporate this principle into our training programs. We believe that regular, short training sessions are far more effective than sporadic, intense ones. This consistent approach helps reinforce learning and ensures the training sticks.


Immediate Rewards: Reinforcing Positive Behavior


In line with Clear's philosophy, we understand the importance of immediate gratification when forming new habits. As part of our training program, we encourage owners to reward their dogs immediately when they follow a command correctly. This instant reward reinforces the positive behavior, making it more likely to become a habit.


Creating a Conducive Environment


At Unleashed Abilities, we know that the environment plays a crucial role in effective training. We strive to make each training session obvious, attractive, and easy for your dog, increasing the likelihood of the desired behavior becoming a habit. This could mean choosing a quiet, comfortable space for training sessions or having treats readily available to reward positive behavior.


A Journey, Not a Sprint


The 'Atomic Habits' philosophy is not just a tool for personal development; it's a guiding principle at Unleashed Abilities. By focusing on small changes, maintaining consistency, providing immediate rewards, and creating a conducive environment, we help you train your dog effectively and strengthen your bond. Remember, dog training is a journey, not a sprint. At Unleashed Abilities, we celebrate the small wins along the way, guiding you and your pet towards a harmonious relationship.


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