I am now going to show my age here, but remember Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy? If you are familiar with TV cartoons in the 1960’s, you will remember the cartoons where Doggie Daddy was always trying to teach his son, Augie Doggie a lesson. I know that many other dog trainers (and a lot of trainers in my own organization) will say it is crazy to try and associate actual canine behavior with children’s cartoons. The answer is that Doggie Daddy was absolutely correct in his training methods of his son, Augie Doggie.
I am not saying that my methods methods are based on a 1960's cartoon show, it just so happens that the show mimics the proven methods we use to gain our great results. So what happened between Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy? It is real simple...
- YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT. Dogs learn by doing the same thing the exact same way. In order for us "humans" to accomplish this, we can't spend a whole lot of time every day working with our dog. If we do, we will get sloppy and we won't be consistent. That is why I suggest that you do not spend more that fifteen to thirty minutes per day performing exercises with yiour dog. If you spend more time, you are only trying to build a Guinness World's Record of sits. This doesn't work. Remember, keep it short.
- YOU MUST BE REPETITIVE. Remember how we learned our 'times tables'? Seven times Seven is Forty Nine. Over and over again. That is the same way that your dog learns his lessons. ...Over and over again. This means that you need to practice your exercises every day. You can't just do it once or twice a week and think that it is going to stick. It won't.