Dog training tips: what 15 minutes a day can do

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Successful training of a dog means having a consistent program. Fifteen Minutes a day is really all you need for a happy, well-trained dog.

When you see someone with an extremely well-trained dog,

do you wonder how he or she ever did it? In your mind are you imagining the hours and hours that must have been spent getting this dog to behave so well? If so, you may be surprised to learn that you can have a well-trained dog in just 15 minutes a day if you follow a few basic rules as described below.

Contrary to popular belief, the most important part of training a dog is not the time you put in, but rather consistency. Before you start training your dog, be certain of what you want and the commands that you will use, and then never waiver.  If you tell your dog to sit and they don’t, go to them and make them sit. If you tell your dog to stay and they don’t, take them back to the exact spot they were in. Don’t repeat yourself over and over when using commands.

You might be saying “SIT, SIT, SIT, SIT!” Yet all your dog is hearing is, “I don’t really need to listen when you tell me something the first time.” For a dog to listen to you, they need to see you as their leader, of the alpha dog. The alpha only asks nicely once, if they don’t get what they want, they make this known. This does not mean go hit your dog of they don’t listen. Yet rather, if your dog does not come the first time they are called, don’t ask again, but walk over to them and bring them to the spot you were in, they will get the idea. If you make it clear that you will get what you want, your dog will give it to you willingly and happily.

Another important thing about training is making the experience a positive one. When your dog responds correctly to your command, praise them. Your dog wants to make you happy, and petting or treats will show them that they have done this.  The more success your dog has, the more positive the experience will be for both of you. Working in short stints, such as 15 minutes will allow you to be focused on what you want, and hopefully will be ample time for your dog to give it to you.

Make sure you and your dog both have a positive training experience by not overworking your dog. This is where the 15 minutes really comes into play. If you work with your dog for hours, they will get tired. Just like us, when your dog is tired, they will not do as well.
Instead of working for two hours on Saturday and Sunday, work 15 minutes every day. Now, your dog can have a successful consistent training experience every day, instead of having a tiring partially successful experience twice a week.   

Our dogs are our pets, they are part of the family, but if they are misbehaving, jumping up on furniture or guests, or worse, chewing a hole in your roommate's leather couch it can be hard to love them. A well-trained dog is a must, and it is not hard to get the dog you always wanted. Just remember to work for 15 minutes a day, and make that experience a positive one in which your dog knows what you want, and gives it to you.