So, how do you do this? How do you take training away from the classroom and make it an integrated part of your lifestyle? It starts with laying clear boundaries and expectations for your dog in the home. Set a bit of time aside every day (all you need is about 15 minutes) to reinforce your basic commands and engagement with your dog in a low distraction setting. Making sure your dog understands what cues you are trying to ask of them helps to make sure you can begin to transfer them to real world distractions.
Utilize daily activities with you dog as a chance to train. When out on walks, work known commands with some distractions around. Always be prepared to reinforce and motivate behaviors, regardless of if you are ‘intentionally’ training. Make a conscious effort to work with and train your dog in areas you want to ensure they have solid foundational commands – parks, shopping centers, dining patios. Just because you are not in your training mode, it doesn’t mean that training is going to subside.
“Just because you are not in your training mode, it doesn’t mean that training is going to subside.”
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