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Somers Dog Trainer Offers Tips For National Dog Week

Somers dog trainer Steve Reid offers tips for National Dog Week.
Somers dog trainer Steve Reid offers tips for National Dog Week. Photo Credit: S.R. Dog Training

SOMERS, N.Y. -- As National Dog Week nears, Somers-based dog trainer Steve Reid reminds dog owners that obedience training is a terrific way to help dogs become well-behaved and happier members of the family.

National Dog Week is celebrated during the last full week of September, according to the event's Facebook page .

Here are three dog-training tips that Reid says will help dogs listen and improve unwanted behaviors:

  • The importance of timing. As humans, we are able to make the correlation between a prior action and its consequences at a later time. However, dogs can’t make that distinction. That’s why all rewards must come within 1.5 seconds of an obedience command. This 1.5-second window of opportunity is critical. The quicker you deliver the reward, the better your dog will understand and learn.
  • Motivation. Motivation is the collateral that your dog loves and is willing to work for. Motivation falls into three categories: food, toys and praise. It doesn’t matter which group your dog prefers. Find what motivates your dog and use that to make training more effective and fun.
  • Consistency is key. Short daily training sessions are the best way to quickly and easily achieve your training goals. Two daily five-minute training sessions (morning and night) are all you really need.

The more consistent the training, the quicker the dog learns and the sooner their owner can enjoy their well-behaved companion.

Reid is a certified dog trainer and owner of Somers-based, S.R. Dog Training, which services Yorktown Heights.

For more information about S.R. Dog Training, visit or call 914-774-7654.


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