Many dog owners are starting the new year where they left off in 2020 -- by staying close to home because of the pandemic. This reality can be actually be very positive for you and your dog. In fact, you can use the time to do some "quarantraining." According to certified trainer Kathy Callahan writing in Whole Dog Journal, the pandemic gives dog owners "a chance to use our household routines to prompt a handful of simple one-minute sessions throughout the day."
Callahan offers some specific tips for exactly how to use these short daily sessions to train your dog while you are spending more of your time at home. The "sit" command is a good example. Writes Callahan, "It’s the one thing that all owners work into their daily routine. Every single time they feed the dog, they ask for a sit first. Dog does behavior A; dog gets reward B. Reinforcement each time, 365 days a year. That makes for a rock-solid behavior." Callahan says you can apply this same basic principle to training your dog to follow other commands.
"Quarantraining" is an idea worth trying. Read Callahan's interesting article here: