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Dog Training is a lot of fun, however it can have it’s challenging moments.

Your first challenge is finding what motivates your dog.  For most dogs it will be food.  For some dogs it will be a favorite toy.  For a few dogs, they can be trained with just affection.

Your second challenge is finding either information sources/a trusted trainer or both that you trust to guide you training your dog.  Hopefully I can be a trusted resource for you.  Now that I’m writing this, I realized that I’ve not yet written a post on how to choose a good dog trainer.  I’m going to put that on my list of goals.

Your third challenge will probably be the most difficult.  You will need to practice training your dog daily.  It’s hard to find the time in a typical family to make the time to train your dog.  Remember that this can be fun, it doesn’t have to be an ordeal, and the entire family should be included.  Also, remember that you are making an investment in the next 9-15 years of your life.

Your dog’s life will become entwined in your life, your family’s lives, and the lives of your neighbors and friends.  You want all of those lives to be good ones.