At Dog Training Now Charleston, we work hard to give your dog leash manners and a good understanding of obedience commands. However, if you aren’t practicing at home, you are missing out on bonding, exercise, and an even more confident dog. Here are just a few reasons why you should be incorporating obedience practice into your routine at home.
Practicing obedience is a wonderful way to bond more with your dog. The two of you are doing something together, which will make your connection even stronger. Obedience practice not only reinforces skills, but it also reminds your dog who is in charge and giving the commands. Remember to get everyone in the home involved with obedience practice, even your kids.
A run along the beach or a walk around the neighborhood is a sure fire way to burn off some of your dog’s extra energy. However, what happens when you don’t have time to give your dog the physical exercise they need? Dogs without enough stimulation can often misbehave, showing off less than stellar behavior.
Fortunately, a round of obedience practice can give your dog the chance to mentally exhaust themselves. After all, a tired dog is a happy dog! With a consistent obedience practice routine, your dog will use energy focusing on commands and tuning out distractions; this combination can make up for your lack of time to hit the pavement together.
Finally, obedience practice gives your dog – and you – confidence in his new commands and skills. Practice makes progress, and you will both benefit from trying out your commands in new situations and in varying places.
Thankfully, you don’t have to practice commands all day long to gain the benefits. Incorporating obedience training into your week, 3 times per day for 20 minutes per session, can make a huge difference for you and your dog. However, pulling obedience into your regular daily routines can also give your dog plenty of time to practice. Try adding command practice during your walk or during potty time outside. Put your dog in a Down Stay while you get dressed in the morning and in Place when your family sits down to eat dinner. These regular obedience expectations give your dog the mental stimulation they need to make it a habit.
If you are ready to get your dog the manners and obedience commands you both deserve, give us a call to set up your free consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and work with your dog!
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