Too many families and owners view training as a strain on their schedule. The only rule that everyone should understand is:
The fastest way to train your dog is in fast spurts. Really! I promise. All it takes for 1 new trick is training for 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes. Your dog will learn the trick in the first few days.
For the novice: remember to start off training a new trick with Low Distraction Level. That means no food strewn about the floor, no children playing next to the dog, and no loud sounds. And, try to train your dog when he has energy instead of right after a play session.
Here are some tidbits of advice for those of you that seem to have the schedule right, but aren't getting the desired effects:
1) Make sure your dog is not distracted. If you can't remove the distractions then make the reward more interesting
2) Make sure your dog doesn't need to relieve himself
3) Vary the treats every time (how bored would you be if you had to eat the same food EVERY day for the same trick?)
4) Don't ask your dog to 'come' so he can train. Step into his space and work FAST to make it exciting.
5) When you start a session, pick up *just before* where you left off last time
6) Make sure to always end on a good note of success. If your dog makes a mistake, do something simple he already knows and then end the session.
7) Need I repeat? Low Distraction Level!
That's all for now, these pieces of advice should get you far. They are my mantras.
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