Yard Laziness Syndrome:
What is it, how to prevent it and how I still fall short of my goals, but what I have learned has allowed me to be able to see certain things with my dogs that really help guide what they need from me.
This is not just for dogs that need serious training...even your sweet family dog could suffer from this.
When you have a yard it is easy to fall into the trap of letting your dog run outside when they want, sneak in chasing a squirrel, barking the neighbor dog, etc. with no instruction.
You take more liberties by not walking your dog for constructive exercise because you are tired or have other things you need to do so you give your dog a bone, ‘free-time’ in the yard, encourage zoomies (running fun and frantic circles around the yard) or just play extra fetch.
Working with so many clients over the years in different situations AND myself having different living situations with my dogs as well as client dogs, I can PROMISE you that you will set yourself up training-wise with your dog in a better and more efficient way when you live in an apartment.
That is not because dogs don’t need space. In fact many issues (especially with multiple dog households) are greatly reduced when dogs have more space to breathe, BUT what about the basic rules of the house and accountability of the owner to take the dog out on a very regular basis?
2 Major basic rules for a dog to continue good listening skills should be...
Waiting at thresholds
Structured Walks where you connect with your dog
When you live in an apartment or condo, you are taking your dog out to potty numerous times a day. This gives you a chance to constantly re-enforce that good behavior of waiting for permission for something they want. Then, if you have multiple gates to go through, you are continually setting your dog up to pay attention to you and wait for permission.
How to overcome this and more easily and get more in-tune with your dog?!
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