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As a dog training coach, I often have clients who are worried that they need to train their dogs daily for hours and hours. But that’s not the case! Now, don’t get me wrong – if you want to have a well-adjusted, well-behaved dog that looks up to you for direction and fun, you do need to find quality time to teach, play, and interact with him. I would say a minimum of 1-2 hours throughout your day to devote to your dog. But teaching him his obedience skills such as sit, down, stay? You can do that in minutes a day!

Welcome to ‘commercial’ dog training. Or ‘waiting for your water to boil’ dog training. You know those times of the day that you are “in between” tasks, waiting? Use that time to teach your dog the behavior cues you want him to know well and dog tricks to engage his mind and build your relationship.

How easy is that? Just toss those high-value meat treats into your pocket before you sit down to watch your favorite TV show, and when the commercial rolls, train your dog. Easy-peasy. You will be amazed at how fast your dog learns and how much fun you both have, and, most importantly, you’ve spent quality time with your dog. OK, Go!

When do you train your dog?  Tell me in the comments.

Dog Training Tips for Creative Dog Training. Learn how to train your dog in minutes using positive reinforcement dog training. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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35 thoughts on “Monday Minute: Dog Training Tips | Creative Dog Training

    1. That’s great. I love it that you practice training during walks, so important.

  1. Training is so important, whether you have cats or dogs. Our kitties don’t scratch the furniture or do many of the usual ‘naughty’ things that cats do ~ that’s cause they are trained not to.

    1. Totally agree. Every moment our pets are learning something. We have to ensure it’s what we want them to learn.

  2. I love the idea of using the in between moments to work your dog. I tend to do this just because I don’t have much time and am usually multi-tasking. Glad to know it is also effective. LOL

    1. Very effective. It is always best to have “training lessons” feel like real life and not a lesson. That helps ensure our pets respond regularly, not when the treat bag is open.

  3. I trained Layla sit with treats and she the smarty pants decided when we go for walks if she sat she would get a treat, so in the end I stopped it and she is good, knows recall, walks well on a leash and that is all that matters for me. Thanks though for the tips

    1. Good girl. Once our pets are catching on and reliable, that is when we fade the reward (but not the feedback). So, good girl vs food. Then occasionally she gets a reward for that behavior to keep it strong and enthusiastic.

  4. Glad you brought this up. I’m always stunned by how many dogs I meet who have never been trained. If their humans would only realise devoting even a couple of minutes here and there to training would make a huge difference, and is certainly better than nothing.

    1. Thanks. Absolutely! A little quality interaction and training can do wonders. 🙂

    1. 🙂 Add more distance and a higher reward. Help Cookie be successful at each step. You can get there.

    1. That’s awesome! I know how stressful it can be to “take a test.” So glad you guys did well, great teamwork!

  5. I love using extra time throughout my day to re-enforce basic training skills with my dogs. I always make them sit and wait for all meals and at all doors, including the car. When I want to work on tricks it’s usually a planned training session. My biggest issue is having two dogs, they’re nearly impossible to train new things together! They’re always getting in each other’s way, each jealous of the other getting a treat, LOL!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. I used to train Gremlin in the evenings while I did homework, but now that he’s got all the basics down pat I’m not as stringent. Right now I have to be sure to be ready with treats and distractions when the mailman comes. I’m working to desensitize him to her. He’s gotten to the point that he doesn’t bark or growl anymore, which is a big step for him!

  7. I have never found it terribly difficult to train dogs, at least not with the minimal training I want to do with them. Dogs are highly intelligent. It is more difficult to re-train when I slip and let them develop bad habits but that is always my fault lol

  8. As a Canine Behaviorist – Trainer i train my dogs all over the place at home, while out on a walk. I keep my training sessions short and spread throughout the day with the dogs working for my praise.

  9. Thank you for this great reminder to make the most of those spare moments. I love that training my dogs (and cat) allow me the opportunity to not only bond with my companions but to stimulate their brains and teach them good manners.

  10. I don’t have a big chunk of time every day to devote to training, but I always some time throughout when I can work with them. I usually ask them to do a few things before they eat or get a treat.

  11. Oh, yes! Those “high-value” treats are in supply here for those quick trainings. While all of my Huskies are now “seniors” (they don’t realize it!) and all trained, as a photographer I’m constantly using any given moment to get them to pose, click, and treat! This helps to get their attention and teaches them patience as a pack. Sometimes it is during commercials when we are watching TV! And it’s all a fun time together! (The outtakes are pretty hilarious)!

  12. I don’t train my cats do “tricks” per say, but I do train them through consistency. They know which of the food bowls is theirs. They are aware of the daily routine of my household (including meal times). They learn how to communicate their needs to me in their own special ways. Manna knows that if she stands near me and meows, that it will get my attention. Dexter is mute, so he knows he has to touch me. Both of them like to bring me toys when they want to play, show me where they want to be petted, and to lead me places when I need to see something. They also know that when I’m having an emotional crisis, sitting with me or alerting my husband helps.

    1. Love that you are practicing on a regular basis. That is always so important. 🙂

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