What's the most commonly ignored but incredibly important part of training your dog? Taking the show on the road! If you only practice inside a class room, your home or in your neighbourhood then your dog isn't learning to listen around enough distractions. It's as simple as that.
Practicing in new environments is something people who compete in dog sports are well aware of but often the average pet owner just doesn't think about. Whether you have a new puppy or an older dog it's important to proof new skills everywhere.
Here's a list of some of my favourite places to practice:
> The house (all NEW skills start here)
> My neighbourhood
> My 5 parks close to the house
> Nose Hill off leash area
> Southland off leash area
> Edworthy off leash area
> The pathway system (anywhere)
> Pet stores across the city
> Horse arenas
> Friends & Clients homes
> Other dog classes that I sign up for!
> Other towns like Canmore & Bragg Creek
> The train station
> Stores that allow dogs inside (I use to use movie stores a lot but I've had to get more creative... banks are usually good)
Be creative and get out there! Where's Your Sit offers classes all over the city including dog parks, indoors at a community hall, dog parks and the c train station. If you want to join our group and get out to practice then give me a shout! Feel free to share your practice ideas in the comments section.