Patience, focused commands best way to find results, rewards

Cheri Spaulding

You get a new puppy or dog. Do you think that training will be a fun time? I do, with every dog I train.

The truth is, good training is like watching paint dry. Nothing exciting happens until one day you realize you have taught your dog something. That is a huge reward. I look back on all those little moments, disappointments, mistakes, some accomplishments, huge leaps in understanding, and reassessment of training plans with wonderment.

When I’m formally training and I have a deadline, I write out . . .