Busy, busy, busy...
Happy New Years, from Dog Dynamix! It was crazy busy at the facility for the holidays, which got us thinking..... Everybody is SO BUSY, that sometimes it's hard to find time for dog training. Here are some tips and tricks for some quick obedience lessons that you can work on while getting your every-day routine out of the way.
Here are some suggestions for doing just that:
Feeding time is the perfect time to get your dog to learn to earn. Ask for a sit and/or down before offering up their dish.
Practice this command when need to have your door open while you bring in groceries, or packages, to allow guests to enter your home, or to be let in or outside.
“Stay” should mean, “do not move until I come back for you.” Practice this in your home if you need to walk across the room for a moment - to refill your bee....... er, water.
“Sit-stay” can also be used on your walk when you stop for poop patrol, or if your dog is easily distracted by other dogs or people. It’s also not a bad command to use when a car is approaching, or at the cross walk, either.
Come, Here or Your Own Recall Word
A solid recall is important, and you can practice this so many times in your daily routine. When it’s time for a walk, for mealtime, to go out for the last potty of the night, or simply just because. Be sure to check out our last blog for tips on teaching a solid recall!
We like to use dog cots for the “Place” command, but a throw rug or a dog bed will do. "Place" means go to your spot and stay there. This command can be used when the doorbell rings, or when guests arrive. You can train ‘Place’ when it is dinnertime for the humans, or if you want to watch the game or a movie..... Or anytime you want everyone to relax.