Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dog training inspiration from Seinfeld

Remember that Seinfeld when George decides that he'll leave the room/party/meeting, etc. after he says a good line or gets a good laugh? He figures he should leave while he's ahead so people will think he's witty and fun.

I'm trying something along the same lines with Ziggy now. I'm keeping training sessions short and sweet - ending them when he's still enthusiastic and has drive - before he makes the Ziggy slide into ignoring me. Right now that's about 10 minutes - max.

My theory is that if I'm always fun, and I end it when we're still really having fun, then he'll want to come back for more. And maybe someday we can extend the amount of time we play, and we'll slowly build drive.

Just like George, but with dog training. I'll let you know if it works.


  1. Completely off topic - but last night I had a dream that I went back to college - and you were my roommate! You said that you were going back to pick up some classes because you were planning to run for Governor of Iowa!!

  2. Short training burst have helped my gir Grace a whole lot. Sometimes just a heel down the hall and a big party. I find she often now will offer a heel and is so happy to do so. Good luck!

  3. I am a big believer in 'short and sweet' training sessions--just a few seconds here, a few seconds there.

  4. The training people - the ones who do it professionally - will always tell you to end when the dog wants more. You are on the right track!


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