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  • Daily Habits that Reinforce Training

    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, 10:37 pm

    Many people assume that all they have to do to have a perfectly trained dog is to send them to a training program. However, while going through training is a great way of teaching dogs how to act, you do have to remember that dog training is the same as learning a habit yourself. If you don’t keep up with the skill you’ve learned, you start to lose that skill. The same is true for your dog. You need to reinforce the training daily in order to keep the commands fresh in your dog’s mind.

    Establish a Routine

    Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on a routine. By doing the same things at the same time each day, it will help reinforce their routine and their training for these activities. Feed your dogs at the same time, take them out at the same time, and go on walks or play around the same time each day. While this may not always be possible due to your schedule, try to maintain a steady routine as much as possible.

    Having a routine will mean that your dog will be less likely to whine about food and will understand when they get to go out to go to the bathroom. This will reduce the number of accidents you have to clean up. Having a regular playtime will help reduce your dog’s inclination to destroy your furniture and other possessions.

    Have Training Time

    Another good habit to get into is to set aside some time for reviewing basic commands. These little training sessions don’t need to be very long—about ten minutes is enough. Have your dog go through all of the commands they know, including sit, stay, down, come, and any other commands. If your dog hasn’t been so good with one or two of them, go through those commands a few more times than the others. This is also a good time to introduce a new command or skill you’d like your dog to learn.

    Take Advantage of Daily Opportunities for Reinforcement

    The true test of your dog’s ability to follow your orders is when something unplanned happens. For example, if someone drops by unexpectedly during the day, use that as a chance to test your dog’s ability to sit, stay, or go to their bed. These unplanned situations are great opportunities to reinforce training and see what commands you may need to do reinforce.

    Looking for a great dog training program? The experts at The Connected Canine are here to help you. Contact them today for more information on their dog training programs.

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