Dog Training Schedule Week By Week
The first thing you need to do when you are planning your dog training schedule is to think about what stage your dog is at right now. You will have to make some decisions about which stages you want to focus on. Some dogs may not require any specific time or place, while others might need certain times and places for their training sessions.
Stage 1: Puppyhood
Puppies are very curious animals and they like to explore new things. They don’t understand everything yet, but they’re getting there. Your goal is to teach them how to behave properly around other dogs, humans and each other. The best way to do this is through playtime with toys.
If you give your puppy too much attention during playtime, it’ll get bored and start barking a lot instead of playing happily with its toy.
You should keep your puppy’s life simple. Don’t overdo it with training. When you do train him, only a few minutes at most. This allows him to concentrate on the fun part of his training rather than focusing all his energy into learning something new.
Your dog needs lots of attention during playtime so he doesn’t become bored and start barking a lot instead of playing happily with its toy.
If he starts barking, don’t scold him or he’ll start associating the barking with your presence and become afraid of you. This will shut down all of his instincts to bark and he won’t be able to warn you if there really is an intruder. He needs to be able to trust that it’s safe to bark around you. If this does happen, keep calm and distract him with a treat or a toy so that he forgets about the barking.
If you can, try to stay away from loud noises and keep him out of loud and chaotic places like streets full of traffic or outside a club if you’re in the mood for a night on the town. You want to keep his environment as quiet as possible so that he can start adapting to living in an urban setting. If he gets scared by a loud sound, don’t yell at him or he’ll think you’re angry at him. Just calmly reassure him that everything is OK.
You want to make sure he’s having a lot of fun while he plays and doesn’t feel tired. If you see that he’s starting to get bored, take him home and try again another day. His attention span is short so keep the training as fun as possible.
Stage 2: Intermediate Training
The younger your dog is when you start training it, the more likely it’ll be to understand what you want from it later on in its life. You should start getting your dog used to different situations, like going out in the rain or in the middle of the night. This will help it adapt to different circumstances in the future and make it less likely to get scared and run away when something unexpected happens.
Try taking it to a room with a television or some speakers playing some music on low volume, this will prepare it for the days when someone is listening to music a little too loudly and it’ll get used to the different sounds.
If you don’t train your dog, it’ll most likely develop some destructive habits like chewing on your furniture or howling out of boredom. This behavior will quickly get annoying and you don’t want to make too much work for yourself. Make sure to play with it and exercise it daily so that it doesn’t have too much energy to wreak havoc in your home. Also, be sure to give it lots of love and attention.
A neglected dog will be a destructive one.
Your dog is growing up fast and it needs your guidance to become a well-behaved and civilized member of society. If you don’t keep an eye on it, it’ll start behaving like the uncontrollable animal that it is and we all know that animals shouldn’t behave that way. That’s why they made puppy mills, so irresponsible people could have their pets without having to deal with the hassle of raising them!
If you do your part as a pet owner, you can count on your dog to be a loving and loyal member of your family for many years to come. Even if you don’t own a dog, there’s always someone else in need of your compassion. Maybe you could volunteer at an animal shelter and give some love to all the unloved puppies that are just looking for a home. The world could always use some more kindness.
If you’ve gotten this far, congratulations and thank you for reading my book. I hope that it’s helped you in some way to become a better person. Remember that the key to any successful lifestyle change is patience and practice. Don’t forget to give yourself a little credit every now and then for your success too!
We’re all works in progress.
Thank you and good luck!
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