Behaviour and Training

Finding time to train your dog – it’s easier than you think!

When it comes to training their dogs, many owners find it a daunting task to fit it into their schedule. They’re busy – with work, kids, life in general – where to find the time?

Dog trainers are often asked by their clients ‘how often should I spend training my dog?’  If an owner is going to be compliant and put the time into training – the goals have to be realistic– otherwise chances are, it’s not going to happen at all.

The good news is, you can easily fit training into your daily routine, without it taking up too much time or seeming like a chore – it just takes a small bit of organisation and consistency and before long it will become part of your day.

First, lets consider the following – your dog has to eat every day – right?  Add to this the fact that every interaction you have with your dog is a training opportunity and you have the perfect chance to whip up a fun, easy training schedule.

Consider your daily routine – even if you work full time, or spend a lot of the day running around after the kids – you’re bound to be able to find a window of time somewhere – it doesn’t need to be loads – 3 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds – whatever!

The day is full of little snippets of free time during which you can train your dog. I use the following opportunities to get in some training fun & games with my lot – waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning cuppa, TV ad breaks, feeding time (for the dogs!), I also multitask and will fit in some training while preparing dinner or doing a bit of cleaning.

Measure out your dogs daily food ration and keep a couple of tubs of it around the house (out of reach of prying noses of course!).

If your dog gets wet/canned food – invest in a couple of travel tubes like these – – and fill with the food.

So you’re going to be using your dogs regular food, which he has to get anyway, during training sessions.

Toys are also wonderful reinforcers, if you have a toy driven dog. A good trick is to keep a favourite one aside for training only – this should quickly put it in the ‘high-value’ reinforcement category!

So, go on, re-visit those New Year’s Resolutions and add ‘Everyday Fun & Training with my Dog’ to the list – your pooch will thank you for it!




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