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I’m sure you’ve heard that if you practice anything for 14 days it becomes a habit. I can’t speak to 14 as the magic number BUT if you practice something long enough, it will eventually become a habit if you put in the work and take the time to make it happen.

Introducing Practice to Dog Training

The hardest part is getting started. Pushing through your normal routine or bad habits is a challenging feat but staying still is a sure way to prevent change. I read a quote the other day that said, “Your comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing will ever grow there.” It’s easy to become complacent with our own way of doing things and never challenge ourselves. This complacency can make it difficult to see the potential for growth if we dare to step outside of our comfort zone. When we think about training our dog to become a better canine citizen we often set very high expectations that we want to achieve in a short period of time with as little work as possible. Sounds dreamy but also a little unrealistic, sorry to burst any bubbles but true change comes from work.

If you want your dog to stay the same, keep doing what you're doing, if you want your dog’s behaviors to change, now is the time to address the problem with the understanding that it will take work and that work will demand some adjustment to your schedule, mindset and daily practice. If you feel stuck and need help getting started in the right direction, the team at Lupa K9 in San Diego can help create a tailored dog training plan that is specific to you and your dog’s needs that is fun and simple!