How to Handle Stress in the Moment
If you sense your training session going awry, try to do a quick reset. Instead of continuing to work on the skill or exercise that you’re struggling with, give your dog a cue that they know well and can complete, when they complete the task treat and praise them.
Continue to work on skills at which your dog excels, shifting the mood from negative to positive; quick success can help you and your dog regain your confidence. If you’re able to shift back to a positive mindset, slowly begin working back up to increasingly complicated skills with your dog.