#AtoZ Challenge: Z is for Zeal

#AtoZ Challenge: Z is for Zeal

Zeal. Gusto. Passion. 

Remember to find joy while you're working with your dog. Isn't that part of why you wanted a companion?

If you and your pup are enjoying your time together, you'll both be more motivated  to learn and to bond. How could you not be successful?

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#AtoZ Challenge: Y is for Year-to-Year Progress

#AtoZ Challenge: Y is for Year-to-Year Progress

Do not fixate on what your dog is not learning. Or on a stumbling block that you’re trying to hurdle.

You can't teach every cue all at once, and your dog certainly can't learn everything you want him to learn in one eight-week puppy obedience class.

Focus on the progress you're making from one year to the next. When you take the time to reflect on your dog's behavior from last year and compare it to present behavior, you're going to see improvements.

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Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts

Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts

I'm cheating with my letter X. I know, but working with qualified and knowledgeable dog experts is incredibly important for you and your dog. 

While you'll want to find a veterinarian, groomer, pet sitter, and maybe even a dog walker who work best with your pack, you don't want to overlook the importance of a professional obedience trainer.

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#AtoZ Challenge: W is for Weather

#AtoZ Challenge: W is for Weather

Weather, especially inclement weather can work in your favor for training opportunities! Whether you’re taking advantage of the wind, light rain, or thunderstorms, you and your dog can have a blast training during distracting weather conditions.

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#AtoZ Challenge: V is for Veterinarian's Office

#AtoZ Challenge: V is for Veterinarian's Office

Training while you're in your veterinarian’s office for regular check-ups creates a winning scenario.

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#AtoZ Challenge: U is for Understand Dog Body Language

#AtoZ Challenge: U is for Understand Dog Body Language

Understanding your dog's body language will make you a more efficient trainer. Be sure to take some time to learn what your dog's trying to communicate through his or her behaviors.

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#AtoZ Challenge: T is for Thresholds

#AtoZ Challenge: T is for Thresholds

Training our dogs to walk politely through any threshold has been one of the best decisions we've made, but it's also the training choice that has required the most amount of patience.

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#AtoZ Challenge: S is for Supplements and Medications

#AtoZ Challenge: S is for Supplements and Medications

Practicing a skill or two at meal time is so easy to integrate into your daily routine that I decided to stress that point.

If you're giving your dog supplements or medications hidden in yummy treats, then ask your dog to do something to earn the "reward."

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#AtoZ Challenge: R is for Rotate Skills and Rewards

#AtoZ Challenge: R is for Rotate Skills and Rewards

Keeping training interesting is crucial for your dog and for you. Nobody wants to train if it turns into drudge work.

Rotating skills and rewards helps maintain your dog's focus on the task at hand.

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#AtoZ Challenge: Q is for Queues

#AtoZ Challenge: Q is for Queues

Any time you’re standing around waiting for something or someone, train with your dog. Even if you just get in a minute or two of practice with one skills, that's another minute or two logged that you didn't have before.

Waiting is a great time to work on engagement with dog. Call their name and give your positive marker word when they look at you. 

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