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H. Wayne McMullen

Please meet Mountie. A 10 week old Australian Sheppard puppy (at time of photo) that has already brought a ton of joy to our family. This is our first snow of the year (Northern Texas does not get much) and WOW did he love it. I do have to brag a little… when we brought him home at 8 weeks old, he was already fetching and retrieving. Now at 12 weeks, we are sitting, staying (although briefly), shaking hands, still retrieving, and of course all the other things puppies do. Now if I can just get him to bark by the door when he wants to go outside… instead of finding me and going crazy like he wants to play.

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Excerpt #8

10 Principles of Aussie Training Cont'd

9. Be consistent.

This is arguably one of the most important principles in this entire book. There are two elements to being consistent:

  • You must be consistent with the words you use and the methods you train with. For example, if you teach your dog the word "Toilet" to go to the toilet on command, don't say "Potty" one day and expect to get a positive result. If you're not consistent with your commands, this will just cause confusion for your dog.

  • You need to be consistent with training itself – don't train 3 days one week, then leave a 2 week gap before your next session. If you want to get good results, you need to train on a regular basis.

10. Practice makes perfect.

As I mentioned before, Aussies are smart and highly trainable dogs – but that doesn't mean they'll pick up every command you try, the first time. Your have to repeat movements and commands in order for them to sink into your dog's head. And don't get stressed out if it seems like the repetition isn't getting you anywhere. Results don't always show right away. Sometimes you'll see slow improvements – other times it will seem that there's no progress, and then one day your dog just "gets" a command. Don't expect to see results constantly – enjoy the process of training and practice, and the results will come with time.

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Dog Quote of the Week

A cat, after being scolded, goes about its business. A dog slinks off into a corner and pretends to be doing a serious self-reappraisal.

~ Robert Brault -- www.robertbrault.com

 

 

 

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