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Take It Back to the Basics: Training Refresher


June 25, 2017

Reinforce Good Behavior

As the months and years tick by, it is easy to get lax on the training front. One of the easiest ways to make sure your pup is constantly working on the foundation you set as a puppy is to reinforce the behavior you want to see, no matter how elementary it may seem. If you are at the park and you ask your pup to come and he comes running to your side, give him a big hug and let him know he did a great job. If your pup is excited to see you when you come home and offers a sit upon your arrival, pull that bag of treats out and reward handsomely for the sit. Try not to let the small wins go unnoticed, they are the foundation of your training.

Keep It Short & Consistent

It is hard for me to sit still for more than a few minutes, so let’s not try to force our pup to pay attention to the task at hand for hours on end.  Keep your training short. Try to set aside small chunks of time a few times a week. The consistent and short training sessions will really help your pup catch on to new training games and commands. Keep up the good work!

Rotate Rewards

Try to offer up different rewards to keep your pup guessing. Meaty treats are always a good go to, but work in some variety to keep your pup guessing. Have your pup start on a command and then offer up a new toy or a meaty bone. Or, if your pup loves the park, have him perform a couple of tricks before he gets some coveted off leash time. Rotating rewards keeps the training fresh and engaging.

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And remember, puppyhood is fast and is gone before you know it. Make sure to savor the time when your pup is young, and take lots of pictures along the way!