#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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Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: P is for Places You Walk

Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: P is for Places You Walk

Change up where you go with your dog for walks. Vary their sniffs. Vary the distractions. Vary the scenery. Your dog will love exploring new places and you'll be less bored too.

If you absolutely cannot vary up where you take your dog for a walk, even temporarily, at least take different routes or rest in different spots

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#AtoZ Challenge: O is for Off-Leash Opportunities

#AtoZ Challenge: O is for Off-Leash Opportunities

Take advantage of off-leash opportunities and spend a few minutes training your dog. The higher number of distractions can create a much higher return on that time investment.

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#AtoZ Challenge: N is for Neighborhood Noises

#AtoZ Challenge: N is for Neighborhood Noises

Most of the time I try to avoid noise, but when I was working on Bernie's socialization, I sought out various sounds. As we continued obedience training, I liked certain reliable neighborhood noises to act as distractions while Bernie and I practiced.

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#AtoZ Challenge: M is for Movie Night

#AtoZ Challenge: M is for Movie Night

Movie night is a great opportunity to get in some short bursts of training for your dog. 

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#AtoZ Challenge: L is for Laundry

#AtoZ Challenge: L is for Laundry

Laundry is one of those consistent chores that demands time.  Most times I let the laundry pile up for the week and spend hours cycling through each load, fluffing and folding. Sometimes I wash loads of laundry during the week so I don't have the huge weekend time suck.

However you prefer to manage your laundry, it's easy to integrate a little dog obedience training into your routine. I don't train during all stages of laundry every week, but I usually will train during at least one phase.

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#AtoZ Challenge: K is for Kennel Training

#AtoZ Challenge: K is for Kennel Training

Knowing that your dog is comfortable in a kennel should bring you peace of mind.

Kennels or crates keep your dog from being underfoot, especially if you have safety concerns.

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#AtoZ Challenge: J is for Jaunts Around Town

#AtoZ Challenge: J is for Jaunts Around Town

Taking your dog on jaunts around town is a great opportunity for socialization and some light training.

These adventures allow me to evaluate how my dogs interact in different crowds, meeting new people, and meeting other dogs. While I may not get in a great deal of formal training, I will be expecting polite behavior from Bernie and Lizzie.

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#AtoZ Challenge: I is for Insomnia

#AtoZ Challenge: I is for Insomnia

Not everyone suffers from insomnia, but for those of us who do, I've found spending time with my dogs to be therapeutic at 2am.

If you’re up in the middle of the night because you cannot get to sleep, you might as well work in fifteen minutes of training.

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#AtoZ Challenge: H is for Housework

#AtoZ Challenge: H is for Housework

I am not a fan of housework, so any excuse to break up the drudgery of chores makes me happy.

Whenever I'm cleaning, I take frequent breaks. Some are for snacks for me, but others are to work with the dogs.

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