I like making an appointment on my outlook calendar for training Brody and also my own exercise time. It keeps me honest and on task.
How much time during the day on average to you allocate for training a dog? (What does the dog do for the remainder of the day)?
Just like you, our lives are busy with activities and commitments outside of dog agility. So every day is different. Some days there is no training, others we have more flexibility.
Ideally we’d have 3-4 10-15 min sessions. Of course that’s dog time, there might be 15 mins of preparation or more for those sessions.
If we’re offsite training (for instance, running full courses) we might be “agility training” for 2-3 hours. However, in reality that 2-3 hours looks like:
1 hour course build and initial walk, no dog
Work dogs in 5-10 min sessions alternating dogs.
So the dogs are still working for 5-10 mins before getting a 10-20 min break.
When we are not home, all dogs are crated. When we are home they’re usually free in different sub-areas of the house. For example adult dogs might have access to the whole house, puppies to the blocked off kitchen or an xpen area in the living room.
Super helpful!! Thank you!!
Glad you enjoyed it!
This are great suggestions. I’m excited to implement #11!
I’m glad you enjoyed it! Enjoy your short sessions!
I’m now re-energized to better manage my agility training time! The whole course only took a few minutes to read during lunch at work today. Well done and thank you!
I’m glad you enjoyed the course and I hope it helps you out!
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