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Practical Practice

How many times have you tied your shoelaces? A quick internet search shows that the average american spends roughly a week tying their shoes in a lifetime. That’s a lot of practice! And it’s the type of practice that allows most people to be able to tie their shoes while carrying on a conversation with someone, or tie the same knot on an apron behind their back.

The fact that we have honed this skill to the level of mindlessness, is something to take note of. When younger, most of us struggled with tying our own shoes.  But once we got it, it became a part of our everyday lives.

We need to give our dogs, and ourselves the same type of practice with learning how to live together cooperatively. Practicing down stays, place commands, walking calmly on a leash, and being respectful around doorways are all things that when made part of how we live with our dogs allows both ourselves and our dogs to achieve a level of proficiency that is not just practical, but enjoyable.

When we eat dinner, or invite guests into our homes, having a companion who isn’t obnoxious, rude, or aggressive lets us enjoy each others company a hell of a lot more.

The key to a healthy lifestyle with your pet is practice. You would never consider flying in a plane with a pilot who has never flown before. So why not make your dog practice before its time for the big test?

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    Christina Stockinger
    May 2, 2017

    Right!!! Practice, practice, practice. I neglected this for quite a while in the beginning. I never missed a training, but I had the tendency to do too many things within the same session. I now still combine various things the dogs already know quite well just in order to repeat and from time to time I teach a very new exercise. Then I stick to this.

    This has proven to be effective. But over time they know more and more exercises, which I have to repeat from time to time. I also have to integrate lots of them into the daily life. This is quite difficult with 4 dogs. There will be too many exercises to repeat.

    Additionally I don’t want to bore my dogs. I want them to come running to me, when I call for training. So repeating too much could be a problem.

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    Christina Stockinger
    May 2, 2017

    Addendum:Sshoe laces. Yes, I had problems, now I fear they will come again. Here in Brazil I am mostly barefooted or I use hawaianas or if necessary shoes with velcro. But just joke. I understand why you use this example. things we struggle first with will be well rooted after some time.

    But thanks god, my dogs don’t have to wear shoes!

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