You say you have no time for training your dog? I hear you loud and clear. Dog owners and non-dog owners alike, all over America, are time crunched.
As a dog owner, your time is stretched, in high demand with your work or business pulling you in one direction, family pulling you in another – and oh yeah, do you want a life? Life is that “fun part of living” I think! And then there is what the dog needs. Behavior problems usually develop with no time given to the dog. But with no time for training your dog, how can life with your dog ever take shape in a meaningful way – problem free?
So I asked this question.
I did a short, informal survey asking one honest question:
“What is the one thing that prevents you from being consistent with changing your dog’s behavior?”
The responses overwhelmingly pointed to lack of time. Boy! I couldn’t believe it! This question fetched up somewhat guilty emotional responses from dog owners such as, “When I’m in a hurry I let my dog get away with things and feel I don’t have time to address the behavior right then.”
Another writes in, “If I need to hurry up and get somewhere quickly, I won’t stop to correct my dog from pulling on leash. I just let him pull to quickly get the walk over with.”
It’s truly amazing. Here’s a dog that has been waiting all day for its owner to get home and it gets cheated out of a good long walk which he’s been waiting for nearly 8-10 hours. some dog owners just don’t take the time to spend any quality time with their dogs. That’s a dog owner, not a dog partner.
Another confesses to, “Turning a blind eye to misbehavior – in the interest of time or when they are in a hurry.”
Some blame their spouses or significant others for not holding up their end of the bargain. Parents also get dogs for their kids – kids promising to feed and walk the dog as part of learning good dog responsibility then loose interest. The parents then get saddled with the added responsibility and the dog gets the short end of the deal – again. The list goes on.
Most people will readily admit, “I have no time for training my dog.” Here’s more proof.
Just Gimme Doggie Prozac
This dog owner was overheard in the vet clinic complaining about her dog, “I don’t have the time or money to fix the dog – just gimme my Doggie Prozac.” She cranked up her Mercedes and took off in a puff of diesel smoke – her poor car in as much disrepair as her dog.
It’s sad. Many dogs are left in the back yard to amuse themselves then often get punished when they get bored and become destructive. Dogs are not lawn ornaments.
Dogs are thinking creatures with natural instincts to hunt and explore which include activities like running, chasing, biting and chewing. To deprive them of the opportunity to follow their instincts on a regular daily basis is not respecting their needs as a dog.
As I’ve said before, dog owners satisfy their own needs with their dogs while dog partners balance their needs with the needs of their 4-legged partner. That’s a win-win in my book. Spending time training and exercising with your dog will build that perfect partnership.
You should be constructively managing his energy anyway, so walk your dog. Exercise your dog and train your dog. Your dog deserves a great partner with which to share life. Dog training doesn’t have to be burdensome – in fact it can be quite enjoyable.
And the funny thing about it is that owners will be the first to admit that they’ve seen a dramatic change in their dog’s behavior when they remember to train.
So here’s the cool part
Want to see a dramatic change in your dog’s behavior? Then listen up. The really cool thing is that it doesn’t matter if you have just a little time for your new puppy or adult dog.
Both puppies and dogs are just trying to figure out what works. If you tell them what works (sit for affection) before they figure out on their own what works for them, it will be a win-win situation.
Because I know you were already time-crunched, I wanted to share three tips here with you from an article I wrote a while back on “How to Keep Training Short, Simple and Successful.” In this article I mentioned some of my training tips that can be easily applied to training your dog today.
Here are these 3 very simple tips
• Consistently work on leash each time you train. It keeps them in the classroom and helps to maintain focus – yes, even in the house.
• Consistently keep your training sessions short. Train for 2 minutes, 3 times a day.
• Consistently teach your dog in a quiet environment at first, and then gradually add distractions around which your dog will be required to behave.
Did you notice the word “consistently” was used with each tip? That‘s because being consistent is the key to dog training – not time. But consistency builds time. That’s the secret.
And, the more consistent you are with your training, the fewer dog behavior problems you’ll have.
Remembering to require your dog to do a sit consistently for everything will go a long way to producing that obedient, 4-legged partner of yours. Walking your dog twice daily for at least 45 minutes will endear him to you for life.
And if you dare, add those weekend trips to the beach, the park or what ever your dog favors. Don’t know? There’s no time like the present to find out! Have fun exploring!
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“Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”
Jim Burwell, professional dog trainer for 25+ years, serving 8700+ 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.
His Ground Rules for Great Dogs is the culmination of these years of training into an easy, step-by-step process so that when your dog understands what you expect of him, you empower him to be able to give you the behavior you want and you empower him to be successful at living in a human home.