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Take Advantage of Daily Dog Training Opportunities

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Updated: July 10, 2020

Take Advantage of Dog Training Opportunities

When starting to train your puppy or new dog, there are many small moments in your daily routine where you can practice their basic manners.

The reinforcement you use does not always have to be food treats – food often works, but think about switching it up every so often. You can use toys and play, or even real life rewards!

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Here are some quick and easy dog training ideas:

  • Before breakfast or dinner, use a small portion of their regular food to practice a training cue. Ask your dog to stay while you put their food bowl down, then release them to eat their meal.

  • Speaking of mealtime – if your dog comes running when they hear you rustling that food bag, say “Come!” as they are running towards you, then reward with praise and a bit of their meal.dog-boxer-at-door

  • Any time you are going through a doorway with your dog, ask them to Sit — the reward is the door opening and being released to go through. Your dog will soon learn that sitting at doorways is how they magically make the door open! (This is also a great way to prevent door dashing.)

  • During Fetch play, have two of the same kind of fetch toy. Ask your dog to Drop It when they bring the first toy back to you, and reward with the second toy being thrown. 

  • Any time you’re taking your dog for a car ride, practice your dog’s Stay cue so they learn not to bolt out (or even into) the car door once the door opens.

  • On walks, practice the Look at Me cue and reward your dog any time they offer a glance up at your face.

  • While the humans are eating dinner, practice your dog's Place cue (this could be Go to Bed, Go to Mat, or Go to Crate, whichever you've been working on). Toss treats intermittently to your pup in their designated space to encourage staying there rather than begging underneath the table. Or better yet, give them a yummy stuffed Kong or chew to work on in their area while you eat your meal.

  • While out on a walk, practice Sit when greeting new people. Food treats can help your dog to focus in this scenario, but the real reward is getting attention from their new friend. This helps prevent jumping!

  • At the dog park (or anywhere for that matter), reward your dog with a treat, petting, praise, or toy play any time they choose to check in with you without being asked. Practice your dog’s Come cue, give them a treat, then release them back to play with their friends – the real reward here is getting more playtime!

  • While watching television, any time a commercial break comes on, practice a training cue with your dog until your show comes back on.

There are so many benefits to training, and it doesn't have to be a long, formal session. Get creative and have fun!

Topics: Dog Training, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Puppy, Training, Dog, Dog Behavior, new puppy, puppy tips, Dog communication

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