Check out Janine’s training tips on “Dog Tales”, a nationally syndicated television series all about dogs and the people who love them! Currently shown Saturdays & Sundays in the Los Angeles area on CBS, or click here for local listings.

It’s a Dog Meets World Adventure at J9’s K9s!

  • Taking your dog out and about town to experience new sights, sounds, smells, surfaces and humans is one of the best things you can do for him. And if you’re in a J9’s K9s Puppy Head Start Class or Beginner Obedience Class, you can even win a prize if you photograph your adventure! Be sure to make these sojourns positive for your pooch by bringing along things he loves, like yummy treats and toys. Urban socialization is a great way to spend time with your best friend, and it will do wonders to help tire him out, too.

Tips For You and Your Pooch:

  • A five-minute walk is better than none at all.

  • Take your dog to noisy, distracting places once a week, and try to build confidence and attention with food, toys, and play. If your dog is responding well, you can try practicing the behaviors he’s best at. Give lots of upbeat praise and recognize even small successes. Remember, a dog can have just as much fun on leash as off leash.

  • Play “Hide And Seek” with your dog as “It” as described in the video above, and games like “Find It” with treats and/or your dog’s toys. As your dog catches on, make the games harder (hide in more difficult places, etc.). Be creative!  Make a big, silly fuss when your dog finds you/the treat/the toy!

  • Be patient, especially around distractions. One of the most common mistakes you can make is moving ahead too fast. If your dog is having trouble, go back a step.

  • As the saying goes, “A tired dog is a good dog.” Don’t forget that teaching your dog behaviors and tricks and playing games with him will tire him out too!

  • Play with your dog every day.

The 4 Places to Train Your Dog:

  • A place that is familiar to your dog, with no distractions – the easiest use for teaching new behaviors.

  • A place that is familiar to your dog, with distractions – a little more difficult…

  • A place that is unfamiliar to your dog, with no distractions – a lot more difficult…

  • A place that is unfamiliar to your dog, with distractions – the most difficult!

Always be aware of the comfort level of your dog, and how challenging an environment may be for him. As he begins to respond confidently and reliably to your cues, try practicing in more difficult places. Be sure to make yourself and your training methods FUN – keep your training sessions very short and take lots of breaks to play!