Who has time for daily dog training?
Between work, keeping up with your home, volunteer work, school, raising kids, and everything else that you do, there just isn’t much free time to do training. Right?
Wrong. You just need to squeeze short training sessions into your every day activities. Here’s how.
Top Dog Training Tips
Keep training treats in every room you spend time in—the bedroom, where you watch television, the kitchen, even the bathroom.
Jot down three behaviors you want to teach your dog. Attach the list to the treat container you put in the room.
If treats don’t motivate your dog, put other motivators around the house—tennis balls, tug toys, a leash for an impromptu walk.
Remember that you might be what motivates your dog the most. Honey will give a high-five for butt scratches.
Build training into other activities. You don’t want your dog to learn to sit only when you’re standing in front of him. You want him to learn to sit when you’re already sitting, lying down, putting laundry away, or in the shower.
Take training outdoors. What good does it do if your dog has a rock solid down stay in the living room, but you most need him to listen to you in a crowded parking lot? Practice your list of behaviors when going for a ride or on a walk.
Use other people. Eventually, you want your dog to offer a behavior no matter what is going on around you. Joggers are great distractions because they won’t interrupt your training session but are stimulating to many dogs.
Train the behavior before you need it. Don’t wait until your dog is encrusted in mud to train her to jump in the tub. Start doing it when you have no intention of giving her a bath.
Catch your dog in the act of doing something and put the behavior on cue. He sits on the rug when you’re in the kitchen? Say “yes” as his butt hits the ground and toss him a treat or bring out that ball. You’ll find him sitting on that rug (and not underfoot) while you’re cooking after a few repetitions.
Ignore the behaviors you don’t want while rewarding those that you do. If you pay no mind to the dog dancing around your ankles while you’re making dinner but reward the dog who is sitting still out-of-the-way, you’ll have a very well-behaved dog in no time.
Bonus Tip: Ignore the advice of any idiot on the internet if it doesn’t work for you. Pay attention to what’s a good fit for your dog and don’t listen to anyone else.
I started this list for myself. Honey has benefitted so much from the regular training we’re doing to help Chérie gain confidence. I needed a reminder that would stick with me after Chérie finds her forever home.
What do you do to make dog training opportunities throughout the day?