I try to work with my dogs every day, just practicing something as simple as a “sit, stay” command as we come inside from a potty breaks or “down, stay, leave it” when I’m giving out treats. I think my dogs enjoy the training because they really want to please me and they enjoy the mental stimulation. These are smart breeds and they enjoy the work. I try to grab my phone and share on Instagram stories so I can show off my girls a little bit and let people see what is going on here at our house.
I have had updated my guardian agreement to include that my dogs will pass the Canine Good Citizen test which was established to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. After 5 years selling only within Washington state I’m finding that more people are contacting me after seeing my dogs out and about. Of course I can agree that my dogs are the cutest but I also want them to be on their best behavior. I want my dogs (and of course my families) happy and I think a lot of that happiness comes from harmonious human interaction that comes from training and praise. Happy wife, happy life? Happy DOG, happy life! The great part is, it doesn’t take much to make a dog happy.
I have decided to start a promotion with my families to encourage training. I’m going to incentivize this with a payment. For my families that have a pup born after October 8, 2019 I will pay $100 after receiving proof that the pup has completed puppy kindergarten. This is usually 5-10 sessions with a lot of socializing and some training. More than anything it teaches the dog to play nice with others. In addition I will pay another $200 after the dog passes the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. This $200 offer for the CGC expires on the dog’s second birthday. The CGC test is usually about $10 and you can pay to get assistance to help you learn to communicate with your dog or you can simply watch YouTube videos – everyone learns a different way so while some need to go to a class, some can watch a video. Our old trainer, Anna from Paws With No Flaws, went from coming to home to doing Skype sessions so there are lots of ways to learn to work with your dog. What I’m saying is you don’t necessarily have to spend $200 to get $200 but even if you did I think you will find it is worth it.