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 Tips For You and Your Pooch:

 A 5 minute walk is better than none at all.

Take your dog to noisy, distracting places once a week, and try to build confidence and attention with food, toys, and play.  If your dog is responding well, you may try practicing the obedience commands or tricks he's best at. Give lots of upbeat praise – RECOGNIZE EVEN SMALL SUCCESSES.  Remember, a dog can have just as much fun on leash as off leash.

Play games like "HIDE AND SEEK" and "FIND IT" with treats and/or your dog's toys, with your dog as "it". As your dog catches on, make them harder (hide in more difficult places, etc.). BE CREATIVE!  Make a big, silly fuss when your dog finds you/the treat/the toy!  Be patient, especially around distractions.

Always try to end on a positive note, (after success).

BE PATIENT! One of the most common mistakes you can make is moving ahead too fast.  If your dog is having trouble, go back a step.

A tired dog is a good dog. Remember that teaching dogs commands, tricks, and playing games tires them out too!


MOST IMPORTANTLY..............................HAVE FUN!!

The 4 Places to Train Your Dog:

A place that is familiar to your dog, with no distractions

         The easiest to use for new commands

A place that is familiar to your dog, with distractions

         A little more difficult

A place that is unfamiliar to your dog, with no distractions

        A lot more difficult

A place that is unfamiliar to your dog, with distractions

         The most difficult. 

         If your dog has a few commands that he does well with at the other three locations, 

            use only those commands here.

As your dog begins to respond CONFIDENTLY and RELIABLY to commands, you may begin practicing those commands only  in more difficult places. Be sure to make yourself and your training methods FUN to keep your dog’s attention!