Goal Setting to Make Progress




It is important to have clear goals for what you want to do with your dog. After all, if you don’t know what you are aiming at, you’re unlikely to hit the mark! Goals keep you focused – when you have a decision to make about what to do with your dog, they can help you choose. Will this help you move toward your goal?

Being clear about your goals also helps you to assess whether they are reasonable and realistic both for you and your dog. There may be times when what you’d like is something that just doesn’t suit your dog. For example, if your ultimate goal is to be able to take them to a dog park but your dog prefers not to socialise, this is never going to be a reasonable aim for your dog.

Be specific about what you want to achieve so that you can easily know when you reach your goal.

Goals can be big things that may take a longer time to work through – perhaps you want to be able to take your dog with you to the pub while you have a meal. But they can also be smaller and shorter term goals, like teaching your dog how to settle for 5 minutes. You can, of course, have more than one goal!

Once you have this clarity, then you can outline the actions you need to take and make the progress you’re looking for.

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