You dog owners have no time on your hands and are probably looking sheepishly at your dog knowing you should train. No, you need to train your dog not to jump, bark or not do whatever unacceptable thing he’s been doing since you got him.
Plus you made the choice to get your dog, you made a commitment to “do the right thing” and teach him acceptable dog behavior. You just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Sound familiar?
Well, the time has come
Even though at the end of the day you think, like many dog owners, you really don’t have time to obedience train your dog, you actually do have the time.
The funny thing is, the time has been there all along. It’s that snake! You just need to get organized to maximize what little time you have to easily train your dog.
It’s mind-blowing easy and I’ll prove it
“Easy is” simply writing down all the opportunities you have to sit your dog. I’ll get you started on your list.
Sit for food
Sit to go outside in the back yard to potty
Sit to come back in the house
Sit for love and affection
Sit for toys
Sit to get up on the couch
Sit to get his leash on for a walk
Now you can take my free list (the easy way) or you can make up your own.
“Easy is:” remembering to ask your dog to sit in each of these situations. Okay, I may be stretching it a bit but I’m trying to give you the benefit of the doubt. I mean, we’re just getting started here!
“Easy is:” training while you sit in your recliner during a television commercial. Ask your dog to “Sit!” then “Take it!” as you play tug with your dog during commercial. Next, tell him to “Sit!” then “Drop it!” and hold on to the toy until the next commercial. Break a sweat yet?
Now don’t get up out of that chair because that would be hard. I want to prove to you that dog training is so easy it’s mind-blowing.
There’s one other aspect to your dog’s training that is “arm chair” easy as well. That’s what I call feed training. Simply take part of your dog’s evening meal ration, put it in a Zip-Lock bag and ask for sits and downs from your arm chair.
Additionally, as you see your dog doing something you like, reward him with a few kibble from the bag. The rest of it he’ll get in his bowl for his regular meal. You’ll actually have to get up to feed him his meal. Sorry about that.
Now, how easy was all of that? I told you it would be so easy it would blow your mind. You just have to write (the list) and remember (to sit your dog.) Be consistent as well. That is, do this every day and watch those bad dog behaviors disappear.
Remember, you are the most important part of your dog’s training. Well, what are you waiting for, sit down and train!
I’m always curious about your input – it’s important to me. Do you deal with this situation in your house?
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Remember: “Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”
Jim Burwell, Houston dog trainer for 25+ years, serving over 10,000 clients, has a profound understanding of dog behavior and the many things, we as humans, do that influence that behavior – good or bad. Jim has the ability to not only steer dogs and puppies down the right path but to also train the owners to understand their part in having a great dog.