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Your children, your spouse or partner, other members of your family, and your closest friends all require your attention, just as much as your pet does. Your pet deserves your attention just as much as the other important people in your life, including your children. We do this through conversation, group activities, social media, and the tried-and-true method of sitting down to a meal together and inquiring about the day's events for each person in the group.

Have some fun with them

You have a responsibility to make sure that they are able to participate in the game of their choice on a daily basis for at least three, five, or seven minutes. Is it a game of tug-of-war, roughly touching each other, pursuing each other, or something else entirely.

Pay attention to how they act

After spending five to ten minutes going over a behavior (changing the behavior every day), three to five times, move on to the next behavior. Spend five to ten minutes going over a behavior (ex. Your dog gives you a sit then you may want to do a sit-up or teach a sit by the door). Set a goal for yourself to implement one or two NEW, SMALL behaviors once a week and make that goal a priority.

Spend some quality time with them

Make sure that you give your dog your complete and undivided attention during the activities that were listed above. This requires you to hang up the phone, shut down the computer, and let your family know that you are going to be spending some time alone with your dog.

You should take your dog to different rooms and areas of the house on a regular basis

You should familiarize your dog with a new area of the house, have it perform a "learned" activity, and then try out the behavior while you are positioned in a different way. If you complete most of your training while standing up, you might want to try doing the same action while sitting down or lying on the floor instead. The way in which your dog behaves will take you by surprise.

Be consistent in your cues

Be constant in the cues (verbal, signs, and bodily movement) that you give your dog while you are trying to communicate with him, and if another member of your family is able to assist you in this endeavor, have them do so. It's possible that the family member will surprise you with how much they appreciate what you're doing and how willing they are to participate actively.

Make a smile at your dog

Simply observe your dog's posture and movement when he or she is calmly seated or standing. Seeing your new pet will make you happy.

KK9 Dog training is available to assist you with your paws at any time.

Keep in mind that dogs have social bonds and feelings; this is one of the reasons why they are so easy to love and have around. Maybe they are more skilled at maintaining relationships than we are.

We take great pride in the fact that we are able to provide training that is founded on the concept of positive reinforcement. This training makes use of innovative strategies that are influenced by basic principles of behavioral research. We are thrilled to be of assistance to you in establishing a bond with your canine companion.

For further information, please contact us at the number (970) 294-7706.


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