The Real Challenge is Deciding What to Do
She could learn all of those things. But I can’t teach them.
This year, I thought of teaching Honey to use the nifty porch potty we won from Kol’s Notes. It would help us see if Honey is likely to potty on the deck of a sailboat if we live aboard some day.
But then I saw myself shivering in the cold coaxing Honey to approach a potty. Nah. The whole idea of the challenge is to improve my relationship with Honey. Not to find new ways to suffer together. So the potty will wait until spring.
And then I got it. Relationship. That’s the key.
With a foster dog in the house, Honey has
- suffered shorter, slower walks
- shared her toys
- waited for treats while Ginny fails to understand the “sit” cue
So no practical skill or lifestyle training this year. We’re just going to have fun. For the pure love of being together and learning silly things.
Honey has already started learning some fun tricks
- pushing a door closed with her nose (can I get her to open it too?)
- jumping up to touch a target with her nose
- weaving between my legs
But what we do together isn’t important. It’s all about spending time together and giving Honey the chance to do something she loves—working for treats.
Join the Train Your Dog Month Challenge
So figure out what you want to do. You’ll find 52 great cues to teach your dog here (they go from simple to more difficult). Grab a badge for your sidebar. And link up with us at the end of the month so we can see what you and your dog (or cat or ferret or bird or rat or even your husband—we’re ecumenical here) did to build your relationship through training.
From the linky list, we’ll pick one training team at random to win a $25 donation to their favorite pet charity and a prize pack for you and your dog.
And the most important thing to remember: do not stress out. The goal is not to teach a perfect trick. The goal is to use training time to build the bond with your dog.
Now get training. And build that relationship.
Your Turn: What have you trained your dog to do? What has your dog trained you to do?
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