I’m so excited you’re joining me in the Something Wagging Train Your Dog Challenge.
But I see I haven’t persuaded everyone this can be an easy and stress-free challenge. Maybe it’s the word challenge that’s doing it.
Should I call it the Train Your Dog Gentle Nudge? Or perhaps the Train Your Dog Non-Threatening Glance?
Train Your Dog Challenge for the
Ok, we’re not all Kristine of Rescued Insanity, an overachiever if I ever met one (isn’t Shiva getting good at her handstand?).
Is it worth joining the Challenge (or Nudge if you prefer it) if you don’t have much time, are stressed out, or trying to catch up on your napping?
Of course. After all, every moment you spend with your dog is building your bond.
Simple behaviors for the Busy Person Who Loves Her Dog
Here’s my list of easy behaviors you can work on:
Next time you’re watching television with your dog at your side, gently handle his paws, ears, tail, teeth. Intersperse touches with some of his favorite things—treats, squeakies, tummy rubs, reading from one of his favorite Harry Potter books.
While your dog is out of the room (outdoors, on a walk, or eating dinner), place rewards someplace you want him to associate with happy feelings. It could be her crate, bed, or favorite chair. If you do this enough, you may find your dog doing what Honey does: standing in her crate waiting for a treat.
Watch a TTouch video and try one technique on your dog.
A Few Tips for the Slightly More Ambitious
This morning I opened up a great blog post by Eric Goebelbecker of Dog Spelled Forward on Capturing a Behavior and Putting It On Cue.
The idea is to catch your dog doing something as a starting point to teaching him how to do it when you tell him to.
The post has some great videos including some working with a bird.
Which leads to my next point.
Something Wagging’s Train Your Dog Challenge is Nondenominational
If you’d like to use the challenge to work on a behavior with your cat, bird, fish, or husband it’s fine with me. I’d love to hear what you come up with. So don’t be shy. Sign on and join the easy, fun, stress-free Train your Dog (or cat or fish or husband) Challenge.
If you didn’t leave a comment on yesterday’s post and you want to join us, leave a note below. We’ll get together again at the end of the month and see what everyone’s done.