Gah! It’s so hard to fit training into a busy family life. From the minute you’re up in the morning, you’re going somewhere, doing something, coming home or going out. If you’ve got kids, the issue is compounded EXPONENTIALLY, because everyone’s going in different directions.
But you adopted a dog. You made the commitment and sometimes behaviour needs addressing. I have 4 things I recommend to make training easier, without biting into your busy day.
My kitchen is a decent size but not the most efficient.
A couple of years ago when I started drinking more coffee at home, my kettle was in the northeast corner of the counter, my coffee paraphernalia was to the west of that in a cupboard, and my compost pail was in the south east corner…the sink was in the middle of all that. But the whole ‘system’ wasn’t working. You know where this is going, right?…
We all want our dogs to be friendly to other dogs—and shouldn’t it come naturally? Dogs are social, after all. So why
does an otherwise sweet-natured canine buddy turn into a killjoy at the park? One reason is that dogs can be introverts, too. Like humans, they can have bad days and they occasionally form instant dislikes to certain dogs, or feel uncomfortable meeting strangers. But we get to choose our friends and are free to avoid anyone we can’t stand. Dogs pretty much have to go wherever we take them.
It’s holiday season and that means lots of visiting and visitors. Follow these tips so that your dog is welcome to say hi to anyone on the street or at home.
I love using food in training.
Close up or at a distance, it’s dead easy to deliver as a reward and dogs generally love it and want to work for it.
Some dogs will do cartwheels for cheerios (can anyone say “Labrador Retriever”)?
Food can be used not only as the perfect reinforcement for good behaviour, but it can also be used as a lure.