A good friend sent me this photo of her dog, Heidi, at the beach. We have spent many hours playing, teaching and working together on “dog things.” She thought I’d enjoy seeing a Spry Dog clicker out there in the wide world. She was so right. I loved the idea that she was using a clicker while she was playing with her little buddy. The nicest part was seeing that Heidi was learning while having a blast on her vacation.
Training shouldn’t just be a classroom exercise – something separate from daily life. It should happen every day, here and there, and be the way you communicate and live with your dog. It should be fun. “Would you like your dinner? Please sit.” “Taka, Come! And I’ll give you a treat.” “Robby, Fetch! And we’ll have more play together.” Two minutes here, five minutes there. Training in lots of locations, training with distractions. It all adds up, and it helps make your four-paws bulletproof in many situations. Have you ever wondered how those trained dogs become so reliable? It’s practice!