How to Make Time To Train Your Dog

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We all have very busy lives, and I take it very seriously when I tell a client that they need to do homework and practice training with their dogs. Usually I find that when I lay out a training plan, I can almost see the client’s wheels turning trying to figure out how they are going to carve an extra hour a day out of their already hectic schedule.

That is when I tell them that they don’t need to carve out extra time, just make use of the time they already have carved out for something else. What I mean by that is that if they are teaching a dog a sit, stay (also used for impulse control), I have them put the dog in a sit, stay while they are drying their hair in the morning, or cutting vegetables for dinner, or folding clothes. Put the dog in a down, stay outside the kitchen door while doing dishes, or ironing. By doing your practice session this way, you are accomplishing more than one thing, and the dog is learning the command, plus impulse control, plus is staying out from under your feet. You are also making these things part of your normal life and it will become habit for both you and the dog to have him sit outside the kitchen while you are working.

Other things you can do to multitask train is to work on “watch me” or “leave it” exercises while you are watching TV by using the commercial time to do these training practices. The timing is perfect, and before you know it you will have a dog that looks at you on command with no real extra effort on your part, or gets used to “staying” while you move about. You will no longer feel guilt for not being able to make time to train the dog, and you will be able to enjoy him so much more when he is well trained.

Terry Meeks is a dog trainer, APDT Member an CGC Evaluator in Pinellas County, Florida.  Find Four on the Floor Dog Training at and on Facebook.

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