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.
In the sport of nosework (or scent detection) dogs search for a target odor that has been secretly placed in each of the four
‘elements’. Dogs must learn to search containers (like boxes or suitcases), interior spaces, exterior spaces and vehicles. In a nosework trial, dogs can be asked to search any kind of vehicle.
Recently I had a friend over to do some nosework. She has two dogs. I have two dogs. Three out of four dogs failed the
container search because they alerted on a distraction instead of the target odor. What was so irresistible? Pancakes!