I don’t have time to train my dog!
If that’s something you say lets reframe what it takes to train a dog
- Write a list of behaviours your dog does that you don’t appreciate
- Write a list of behaviours you’d prefer they’d do instead
- Now you know what to teach them refer to positive reinforcement training books, blogs, Facebook groups, YouTube / a local trainer to show you the techniques
- Designate the training exercises to different times of day and different situations
- Place pots of treats out of reach around your home / wear a full treat pouch
- Take any opportunity to train your dog
– Passing the dogs bed?
Pop a treat there (bed = reward. I best be here more often)
– Walking through the garden gate?
Ask for patience before leaving
– Feeding their meal?
Lower the bowl but only place is down when dog shows patience. Maybe even ask for a sit.
– Dog pulling on walk?
Play ‘find it’ (toy/treat) in the grass, woods, bus stops
– While the kettle boils, train a behaviour from your list. Just 2 minutes to spare? That’s all it takes.
Practise simple and rewarding micro-training sessions throughout the day whenever you’ve 2 minutes to spare, and by the weekend you’ll find your dog’s behaviour has already begun to improve. Stick to just 1 or 2 exercises per week for better success rate.
- Be prepared
- Get an easy training plan
- Ask for help when you need it
- Practise 1 exercise at a time, little and often
- Get the kids, neighbours and friends involved – Have fun, dogs learn quicker!
- Track their training progress through film /photo and share with your friends – We’d much prefer to see your dog learning than what you ate for dinner
- Manage their environment and provide enrichment (safe toys) when they’re unsupervised to avoid them getting into trouble
Training your dog makes your life easier, so gift yourself that 🐶😊
* If your dog is behaving cautiously/ aggressively get professional help. That’s not something you can resolve on your own if you don’t have much free time.