January is Train Your Dog Month (TYDM).
There are so many things to teach, it’s helpful to narrow your options in the beginning.
- Do you want to stop some bad habits?
- Would you rather teach your dog a cool trick?
- Or is your highest priority teaching your dog good manners?
Smart Dog U has designed a worksheet to help you narrow your choices.
If you want to stop a bad habit, the first thing you have to decide is this: what do you want your dog to do instead of the bad habit?
For example: let’s say you want your dog to stop jumping on people. Excellent idea! So how do you translate that into something that you can teach? You figure out what to teach your dog. I think a perfect solution to jumping is to teach your dog to sit. A sitting dog can’t also be a jumping dog. Sometimes it helps to describe what “the perfect dog” would look like when guests came over.
If you want to teach a cool trick, pick one (see the worksheet link above) and then break down the trick into tiny, teachable pieces. Don’t worry, we’ll get deeper into how to teach tricks in a future post.
If you want to teach good manners, make a prioritized list of the things you want your dog to learn.
Your homework is to download the worksheet and decide what to teach.
After you decide what to teach your dog, we’ll teach you how to do it! Stay tuned for the next installment of Train Your Dog Month!