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Owner: Nadine Shortland   Photo: Andrew Pampallis

This is Seven (Shannybrae Seven-of-Nine) from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is 7 years old (at time of this photo), a 4-way champion in South Africa (the Aussie with the most titles here!) Here she is in what she does best – agility!

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How Long Should Training
Sessions Be?

The answer to this can vary a lot depending on your individual dog's attention span and age.

For puppies, training sessions should be kept fairly short – five minutes at a time should be enough. Young pups can't pay attention to one thing for very long, so don't stress yourself and your pup out by trying to do 15 minute drills.

For older dogs, 5-15 minutes should be plenty. I suggest training like this 3 times a day. You can do more as long as you don't end up stressing your dog out or boring her with the same moves. If you want to train more, work on different commands. But 3 x 5-15 minute sessions on one command should be plenty to get the dog learning the basics of obedience at a steady rate. Always play to your dog's attention span – you want to end the training session on a high, while she's doing well. This will make her look at training sessions as a positive thing and keep her looking forward to the next one.

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