Perhaps you read one of my posts about the book “101 Dog Tricks”. In that post, I said I was going to train Maya some of the tricks. Well, guess what? I haven’t. I have been making excuses and procrastinating. Enough is enough. It is time to get back on track.
Perhaps you also have a dog which you have been meaning to train. Well, it’s the new year. Let’s start a New Year’s Resolution and make a plan.
The first part of the plan is eliminate excuses. One of the biggest excuses (and one which I have used) is that we just don’t have enough time. Well, this excuse is really really thin. You only need to spend 5 minutes a day for training. That’s it! Just 5 minutes. If you want, you can spend two 5-10 minutes sessions a day. But if time is an excuse, then just do 5 minutes once a day.
Another excuse is that your dog just may not be motivated. While it is true that some dogs are hard to motivate, you can start your training sessions with things that are easy and fun for your dog. The easier it is for your dog to earn rewards, the more likely they are to participate in training. Start simple and work your way up.
Another excuse is that perhaps you do not know how to train. With all the resources we have available, this excuse should no longer apply. If you are reading this post, then you have access to the internet. And with access to the internet comes a lot of free information. There are websites galore out there who can give you some great tips. And you don’t have to limit yourself to just reading about dog training. There are lots of dog training videos on You Tube.
After you eliminate your excuses, it is time to prepare. Preparation includes getting treats which your dog loves and the right equipment for dog training. Treats should be small, even for big dogs. Dog training supplies can include a clicker (if you choose to use clicker training methods), leash, or a treat pouch. None of these things are required, but they can help.
And the final step you need to make before beginning is to make a schedule. A good time to train is after you eat dinner but before your dog eats his. Or perhaps you can do it right when you get home from work. But set a time and stick to it. After a week or two of fun dog training, your dog will know and look forward to the training schedule.
Training your dog is very important. A well-behaved dog is a happy dog. And a family with a well-behaved dog is a happy family. So no more excuses. It is time to get out and train!