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Dr. Ps Dog Training

"I Don't Have Time To Train"
"Oh, Yes You Do!"

by Shirley Greene (Jeff6542@aol.com)
Copyright 2001

How many times have you said to yourself: "Gee, I need to practice with my dog, but I just don't have time to train today." A friend recently said this very thing to me. Of course, having dogs most of my life and believing in practical training, I readily had an answer: "Do you have time to eat? Do you have time to watch television...even the news? Do you have time to get your mail? Do you have time to surf the Internet?"

Well, then you have time to train. Isn't the purpose of training your dog to improve communications with your pet and increase the harmony between all the 2-legged and 4-legged members of your family?

Training doesn't always have to mean going to a dog-friendly park. Training doesn't have to take place on a large field. Training doesn't always include special equipment and time spent setting it up. Training doesn't have to involve a 30-minute block of time. And, training should never be tedious or boring.

Training opportunities are all around you. There's no better place to begin than in the home and there's no better time than RIGHT NOW.

Note: Adjust each training suggestion to the appropriate level for you and your pup, increasing the difficulty as training progresses. If you have questions, please check with your trainer.

TIPS - Training In Practical Situations

Watching Television:

Getting the Mail:

Working in the Yard:

Mealtime:

Be Creative:

Times NOT To Train:

In Summary:

Training is really all the little things you do each and every day, showing your dog what you expect from their behavior. Training should be a special time for you and your pet to enjoy being together. End each session with something your dog is good at doing - - and praise, praise, praise.


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