Written by Christine Durrant, Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Care Consultant
When training your dog it's vital to keep in mind that TIMING IS EVERYTHING! Dogs live in the moment so whatever moment you are rewarding the dog will associate that behavior with. If you are training with treats (which is one of the best ways to train a dog), be sure you practice your timing before working with your dog. You can do this by using a coffee cup an learning to quickly place the treats in the cup (set a timer if you want to add some pressure).
If you reward your dog too long after they have completed the desired behavior, they very well may end up learning something completely different than you had intended. I've seen people reward their dog for: coming out of a sit, pulling at the end of the leash, breaking a stay and many other things - due to slow rewarding. We all make mistakes, but try to keep this in mind when training and, if you make a mistake, repeat correctly several times over to ensure your dog knows what you really want!