Time to Train
your daily routine to improve your dog's behavior
"But I don't have TIME to train"
you do. Training doesn't have to involve a long commitment of time. Here's when:
commercial breaks of your TV show - turn the sound down.
your bagel is toasting.
- While your coffee is brewing or tea is steeping,
or the microwave or stove is working on your next meal.
on the phone (remember, you don't need to give commands when you're capturing
- While on the toilet
(sits, downs, even "come")
minutes before your walk - Don't indicate the walk in any way, just start running
your dog through his commands. Reward each correct response. After the last one,
say, "Good dog! Wanna go for a walk?" and go get the leash. This is
- Two minutes before the dog
gets to go on a car ride. See above.
- Every time you let the dog in or out a door (ask
for "sit" or a "down" before you open the door).
- Every time
you put down a food or water dish (ask for "stay" or "leave it"
before releasing them to get it).
playing fetch (ask for a "sit" or "down" or other trick before
throwing teach ball).
- While your computer
is warming up, shutting down, or downloading that slow e-mail or website.
you walk out to pick up the paper or mail (wait at doorways, walk on a loose leash,
- Every time you start an interaction
with your dog. Don't interact with him unless he is calm and polite - especially
when you first come home. Ignore him him (pretend he's not there, give him the
cold shoulder) if he's being wild or noisy.
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