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For one week or more prior to your first class, or if you find his good behavior slipping for any reason (busy schedule, well-intentioned sabotage from indulgent friends or family, or stressful times) it is helpful to hand feed your dog for doing simple obedience tricks or new fun skills like fetch or roll over.
Dole out a few pieces at a time of high-quality dry or specialty dog food for paying attention to you in a polite way, or for learning or practicing his tricks, throughout the day & evening.
Give him his full ration of food without using the dog food bowl.
If you are limited in time at home due to your work hours or other responsibilities, do this just for the evening meal or whenever works for you.
This also helps a new dog bond to you faster. Dole it out a piece at a time or a handful at a time for doing useful tricks and demonstrating better manners.
After beginner and intermediate levels, go on to our advanced classes for more agility and obedience fun that make with your pet even more entertaining!
Tips condensed from our handouts, and others shared with permission of author or Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Best Paw Forward Inc. co-founder & head trainer P.J. Lacette is APDT Charter Member 15
This page is open to the public. Registered BPF students also get the extensive custom handouts on the Student handouts page. There is also a special thank you item free when students let us know they have created their own personal passwords to download & read their handouts.
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