Seven sneaky ways to make time for training your dog...
1. As you enjoy your second cup of coffe, work on name recognition. Say your dog's name and then quickly follow-up with a small treat.
2. During television commercials, play fetch. Turn fetch into a training activity by *throwing* (so punny) in the command to 'drop' the fetch toy when your dog presents it. Treats will definitely be necessary when this command is first introduced!
3. As dinner is baking, simmering or let's be honest - cooking in the microwave, practice the 'leave it' command. To practice 'leave it', gain your dog's attention, drop a treat on the floor as you say 'leave it' and don't allow your dog to have that treat. When your dog catches on, reward him or her with a different treat.
4. While beautifying in a sheet mask (note #15), practice the command, 'up'. For us, 'up' means rising from a sitting or laying position. 'Up' could also signify jumping up.
5. While out on a walk and waiting for the crosswalk to change, reinforce 'sit'. Even though a busy environment may require a little extra focus from your dog, it's an excellent excercise that helps to keep your friend safe and alert.
6. When you're at your dog's least favorite place, the vet, keep the stress to a minimum and reward 'laying'. The vet can be stressful enough, so leave this one up to your pup. But if your dog can handle 'laying', quietly reward him or her for doing so.
7. And finally, practice 'gimme paw' as you're waiting in line at the pet store (for more treats, of course) and watch the crowd go wild! To practice 'gimme paw', ask your dog to sit, then gently reach for his paw and shake it as you say GIMME PAW, DUDE! :)
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...