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How To Train Your Dog In 15 Minutes Per Day
Published August 25, 2014 | By Michael
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Most new dog owners would love to have a well trained dog. Problem is, they fail to train their dog because they feel it takes too much time, especially when done on a daily basis. Believe me when I say, that could not be farther from the truth. I routinely teach people that if you will simply work with your dog for only 15 minutes a day, you can have a well trained dog that you can be extremely proud of.
Since you wanted a dog, I assume that you have 15 minutes a day that you can spend with them. If this is not the case and you don’t have 15 minutes a day, then you should do you and your dog a favor and find a new home for your pet so they can have a home that will spend time with them.
Now that we have determined that you do have 15 minutes a day, what should your goal be during those 15 minutes. You need to train your dog to do all the basic exercises that every dog should know. They include:
- Walking on a leash without dragging you down the street
- Sit on command, the first time you tell them to
- “Down on command” this is the exercise that makes you the alpha
- Sit-stay so people can come in your home without the dog sprinting out the door
- Down-stay so you can leave the room and your pup is still there when you return
- “Come” or the recall so your dog comes when you call it, every time
The next question is how do you do this training? You have several options ranging from hiring a trainer to help guide you through the steps, to doing the training on your own. If you choose to hire a trainer, PLEASE find a trainer that uses motivational methods but does not rely only on treats to bribe your dog to do the exercises. It is important that you find a real trainer that will help you train your dog to do these exercises out of mutual trust and respect.
If you decide to do your own training, do your due diligence and find a good book, information or course on training your dog/puppy. Study it thoroughly, develop the proper mind set, have a plan and Take Action. “Your Guide to Dog & Puppy Training”, is an excellent intro to dog & puppy training that is affordably priced so as many people as possible will have the opportunity to learn how to train their dogs. It can be found at: http://www.healthypetnetwork.org/store/michael-goldman-39-s-books/dog-training-series/prod_454.html.
Now back to that daily 15 minute training session. Some of this training can be done while you go for a daily walk. It is important to note that you should NOT get in the habit of only doing the training at home in the living room. You should be able to do these exercises anywhere with all types of distractions.
So, after the dog is doing well in the house, you should start doing your training on the driveway or at a park. Then start adding more distractions including people and other dogs. This is referred to as proofing your dog.
If you will simply give your dog 15 minutes of training a day you will be amazed how quickly and easily you can have the best trained dog on the block.
What Is The Best Dog Training Method?
This is a tough question as there are as many ways to train a dog as there are trainers and each trainer has their own opinion. It’s is sort of like raising a child. Everybody you speak with does it a little bit different. I do recommend you speak with the trainer and ask about their methods, to make sure you are comfortable with them.
There used to be a T shirt that you could buy that said “the only thing that two dog trainers can agree on is that the third dog trainer is wrong”. That is actually the way that most dog trainers feel even today.
I do believe that as dog trainers we should constantly be striving to find the dog training method that we like the best and feel most comfortable with. If we as trainers feel comfortable with the method that we use, it seems to make things much easier.
Personally, I feel that whatever method a trainer is using can work if the trainer knows how to make it work. When I meet trainers that are questioning their own training methods I always ask. “Is what you are doing working? If it is, then great, that is what you as a dog trainer want. If on the other hand it is not working then you need to find a different method or approach.
As I mentioned in my last post, the universal secret or key to training is Desire, Consistency and 15 minutes a day. Yes, it’s just that simple.
So as dog trainers most of us have a favorite way to train that works with most dogs. However along comes that dog that does not respond to your methods? What now? A good trainer knows more than one method to train a dog and this non responding dog will require you to use one of those other techniques.
New trainers usually don’t have these different methods at their disposal, however with continued training and learning they will. They simply need time to get more experience and education.
If you are working with a trainer you should see quick results with your dog but will pay handsomely for this service However if you are trying to train your dog yourself, the training may be slower because you don’t have the experience or knowledge on what will work with your particular pet. On the other hand, by training your dog on your own you will have the opportunity to develop a strong bond with your dog.
One other thing I would really like to share with you today is that I have NEVER seen a dog that couldn’t be trained. However I have seen people that just don’t take the time to do the training. Remember that all it takes is 15 minutes a day to develop a well trained dog so by all means, go train your dog and have some fun.
Yours in Health,
About the Author:
Michael Goldman is an entrepreneur, teacher, writer/author, and animal care provider, who along with his wife Terry are best known as the founders of the Healthy Pet Network. As respected authorities and consultants regarding Animal Health and Longevity, they help people with their pet’s health and well being. Their “passion” is the continued development of the Healthy Pet Network Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The Rescue and Sanctuary provides a home, food, medical attention and love for homeless or injured animals.
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This article was originally posted and shared by Michael Goldman, an entrepreneur, teacher, writer/author, and animal care provider, who along with his wife Terry are best known as the founders of the Healthy Pet Network. As respected authorities and consultants regarding Animal Health and Longevity, they help people with their pet’s health and well being. Their “passion” is the continued development of the Healthy Pet Network Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The Rescue and Sanctuary provides a home, food, medical attention and love for homeless or injured animals. For more information, or to reach Michael, please visit the main site at www.healthypetnetwork.org or through their informational blog at www.healthypetnetwork.net