April 27, 2001, Newsletter Issue #35: Dog Training Neednít Be Taxing

Tip of the Week

VARYING YOUR TRAINING
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Training can be a whole lot more fun -- and easier -- for you and your dog if you vary the training routine. That means varying the elements in your training exercise from time to time, and avoiding excess repetitions of one command or exercise. Repeating the indentical activity over and over is as boring for your dog as for you.

A good example is the decision by many sled dog drivers to avoid the same training trail time after time. The lead dogs, for example, get no real practice in gee and haw training if the trail and the turns are identical time after time. They can learn the turns by rote, but may be less responsive to the gee [turn right] and haw [turn left] commands when out on a new trail.

Apply these ideas to your own activity or sport for better results. And check this week`s tip for more details.

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