According to studies down all across the nation, some of the best ways to attain information and keep the brain fresh and ready to soak in information is to take a break. Research shows that humans need to give their brains a break when they are studying for a test or doing their homework. That is one of the main reasons elementary students are given recesses throughout their school days. Students leave the classroom for a few minutes and come back with a new mind that is refreshed and ready to learn.
What is interested about brain breaks is that they are not limited to just humans. Dogs need to have brain breaks as well. Often during the youth stage of a dog, they go through a lot of training in order for them to learn how to please their owners. The training is a type of school for dogs, and too much training can cause a dog to lose interest and focus. When a dog is unfocused, then they are not listening to their owners. So when an owner take their dog they need to be sure that they allow their dog to enjoy a break every now and then during the course of training.
Betty S. Egger has been a professional dog trainer for twenty years. Her experience has helped a large amount of people connect with their dogs through the training experience. Egger knows and understands that all dogs need to have breaks during their training sessions in order for them to have the best success in their training.
Everyone needs a break, even your dog. When you were in grade school, you got recesses, lunches, and passing periods to reset your brain and prepare you for more learning. Dogs need the same brain breaks when they are in training class. Dogs can only handle so much training at a time before they begin to lose focus. Teaching your dog any kind of obedience or potty training takes time and patience, and a willingness to at least meet your dog halfway when you’re trying to train him. Even professional dogs, like rescue dogs and K-9 police units, have days they can’t work because their brain is too exhausted. Everyone has bad days, and if you don’t give your dog mental breaks in your training, you will find him losing interest and focus more quickly and easily.
Dog trainers, especially those working with puppies, give their pupils time to rest their minds and their bodies frequently throughout their training sessions. Some dogs need some playtime between learning tricks to refocus and let out some of the frustration they may be feeling because they aren’t getting the tricks as quickly as you want them to. Dogs pick up on your feelings more easily than you think.
Betty S. Egger says that giving dogs those mental breaks is crucial because it allows them time to relax during what is always a stressful time for them with a trainer. This also allows the dog more time to get comfortable with his new setting in the trainer’s circle, especially with other dogs usually in its class.