Tip #1: REAL LIFE TRAINING
We are all busy, and one of the hardest things to do is find time to train our dogs. Dogs are learning with every interaction with us, so let's take advantage of those opportunities with real life training. Fido wants his dinner? He has to sit first. Bella wants to go out? How about a down? Want to come up on the couch for some cuddling? Rollover first! Having our dogs work for everything they want is very mentally and physically stimulating, and we can train them throughout every day!
TIP #2: END SESSIONS ON A POSITIVE NOTE
Training is mentally and physically demanding for a dog, especially if you are teaching a particularly challenging behavior. Make sure you end each training session on a positive note, even if it means having your dog perform another behavior he knows well. Shower him with praise, petting, and even some play time.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI