|Cocoa during his CGC test at Wal-Mart|
Your puppy may have come to you with basic obedience skills, but it's up to you to KEEP him trained. Spend a few minutes every day practicing the basic skills. Put some food in your pocket and go through "sit, stay, come, down" a few times with him. This keeps your dog sharp and helps him to know that YOU are the boss.
Dogs love to learn new things. There are plenty of resources available to teach YOU what and how to train HIM-- websites, YouTubes, and don't forget the library!
Three key things to remember when training:
- keep it short (10-15 minutes)-- think "kindergarten" attention span
- keep it simple- use the same command for the task your training, and don't over-complicate it; some tasks need to be taught in multiple stages and then pieced together. For instance, training Bailey to get a juice from the fridge comprised teaching him three separate tasks that we then bridged together after he had mastered each of them.
- consistency-- a little bit every day (or several times a day) will pay great dividends
Getting a juice Bailey opening the fridge
|Never too young to train!|
Or use all of their meal for a training session. You decide. The point is to not give them food and treats in addition to their normal diet, or you'll end of with a pudgy pooch.
So, get your food bag and go spend a few rewarding minutes with your buddy!