Dog training should be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1 second at a time. For example, if Fido is lying down, telling him, “Good down!” will let him know that something he is doing is pleasing you. He may not know what that “thing” is, but when you eventually get to the command, “Down”, a light bulb may go on and Fido will associate the word with the previous activity and resultant praise.
Don’t set up a schedule for training your dog—do it constantly! “Sit” means “please”, so if your dog is going to get a treat, go for a walk, or otherwise be rewarded, make him sit before the activity occurs. He will get into the lovely habit of being alert and seated for food, walks, and attention!
Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)
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