Back to School for Your Pet

My dog is the smartest, most well-behaved creature in the world. She always fetches her toys and doesn’t eat my shoes when I leave them on the floor in front of her. And yet, there’s one thing she can’t seem to master: basic commands like sit, stay, down, and come. And it’s not for lack of trying — I’ve tried everything from treats to positive reinforcement to just yelling at her until she does what I want. While this method has worked so far (for both of us), it’s time that we both put our brains together and start working toward improving our communication skills by training each other on how to do things properly.

Humans aren’t the only ones who can go back to school this fall.

Have you heard of the back-to-school season? It’s a time when kids go back to school, which means they might have to learn new things. That’s not just for humans! Dogs can learn new tricks and commands, too. Even if your dog is older and doesn’t know any tricks yet, it’s never too late to start training him or her.

Why should I train my dog?

Training your dog is a great way to ensure that they are obedient, social, responsive, and safe. Dogs can learn how to sit, stay and come when you call them. The more training that you do with your dog, the more likely they will listen to commands or even respond when asked (sit). Training also helps dogs socialize better with other dogs and humans because they become comfortable with the environment around them! It teaches them not only good behavior but also manners as well as proper walking etiquette, such as crossing roads safely or waiting patiently while waiting at intersections before crossing streets safely. If done correctly, then training will make sure that your pet understands what’s expected from him/her so that there’s no confusion between what not to do versus what to do in different situations.

Where should I start when training my dog?

The first step in training your dog is to learn the basic commands. This is best done by observing other dogs that have been trained properly and then practicing with your own pet.

  1. Set up a routine. Establishing a routine will help you to manage your dog’s behavior better, as well as make training easier. The most important part of establishing this routine is consistency—you must follow through on whatever system you choose at all times, even if it doesn’t seem like an issue at first glance.
  2. Be patient and kind during training sessions so that both you and your pet feel comfortable adjusting their behaviors together over time through positive reinforcement (giving treats or praise).

What are some tips for puppy training?

Puppies are just like children. They’re full of energy and excitement, and you have to teach them how to control it. Just as you would with a child, you’ll want to train your puppy from the start. You can do this by being patient and consistent when teaching them new skills in small steps.

Train your puppy to walk on a leash. If your pup is young enough (under 16 weeks), take her for walks around the yard or house first before taking her outside for walks in public areas where there may be traffic or other distractions that could prove dangerous for either of you. If she’s older than 16 weeks and can hold herself up well enough not to fall over while standing, start taking her outside in an empty area where there aren’t any cars driving by or other animals running around; this will help her become accustomed to being around people when they’ll eventually walk into each others’ paths while they’re out together!

Once she knows how walking works on short distances (like going from one room into another), begin walking around longer distances, like between rooms in your home or even entire floors within buildings if necessary, until she gets used to moving at different speeds depending on what’s happening around us versus only staying close enough so we don’t need to worry about escaping our grasp whenever possible without considering whether or not we might actually need help because our arms get tired after awhile.

What are some tips for adult dog training?

Now that you know what to expect let’s get into the nitty-gritty of dog training.

The most important thing when it comes to dog training is patience. Your pet might not be a quick learner, so don’t expect too much from them right away! Instead, try using positive reinforcement and consistency when working with them. If they do something good (like come when called), give them a treat or praise their performance. In this way, they’ll learn what behaviors are expected of them and how to get rewarded for doing well—and it also helps build trust between you two!

It’s also important that you start practicing in small increments so your pup doesn’t become overwhelmed by all the new information thrown at them. For example, instead of asking for more than one trick at a time (i.e., sit and stay), work on just one command at first before adding anything else into the mix later down the road when things have gotten easier for everyone involved!

None of your pets are too old to learn new tricks.

As you may know, your pet’s memory can diminish as he or she gets older. This is a natural part of the aging process, and it does not mean that your pet’s mind is going to go blank. However, it does mean that you will have to be more creative if you want to teach him or her a new trick. Luckily for you, there are some tricks that are easier for older pets than they are for younger ones!

If your senior dog has always been good at sitting down on command but has never learned how to shake hands, consider introducing this new behavior as an alternative way of showing respect when guests come over. If his arthritis makes jumping up onto things difficult these days, maybe he’d prefer another way? Show him by example first: ask him if he wants another treat and then hold out your hand so he can take it from you—then let him have one himself while saying “shake.” Once the cat watches this happen (and sees how much fun it is), she’ll want in on the action too!


So, now that you know how to prepare your pet for school and what kind of training they need, there’s no reason why they can’t be just as successful as their human counterparts. Just remember to keep it fun and positive, and remember that progress doesn’t happen overnight. Remember that if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach Go Travel Tails online via live chat or email us at Good luck!

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