Here's one more errand you need to write on your list:
No, not after you get home! Do it before or after you get your groceries.
Do it in the supermarket parking lot.
Or do it in the bank parking lot.
Or up and down the sidewalk on Main Street.
Or in front of the school.
THREE MINUTES is sufficient at any or all of these places.
Here's what you'll get from this three-minute walk-the-parking-lot exercise:
- Training as valuable as at least a week of dog obedience class.
- Confidence...if it's difficult today, it will be easier tomorrow.
- Feeling of teamwork building with your dog.
- A leg-stretcher for yourself.
- Compliments from people who admire you working with your dog.
- A feeling of accomplishment; you trained your dog today.
- Consistency in your handling and communication skills.
- Practice getting your dog safely in and out of the car (using the "curb" command).
- Your dog gets more socialized, more worldly which means CALMER.
- You and your dog have an opportunity to practice manners around strangers. (Most are glad to help.)
Your end result: you have a calmer dog you can literally take anywhere on a leash, because he's "been there, done that" already.
It's not enough to just load up the dog and think about doing it. Write it down on the errand list: