Sending Fido Back to School

Believe it or not, summer is already over, and the kids are headed back to school. Does your dog need to work on his petiquette? If so, Fido may also need to go back to class! Here, a Livonia, MI vet offers some great dog-training tips.


Before teaching your furry buddy cute tricks, make sure he has mastered basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. These five basics, which all dogs should learn, are the most important commands, and form the basis of your pup’s education.

Picking Your Classroom

Down the road, it may prove helpful to work with your canine companion in a busy place, so he can get used to obeying commands around distractions. However, for now, choose a quiet spot that is free of distractions… especially squirrels, cats, and bacon.


Dogs have fairly short attention spans, so long classes just don’t work for Fido. Keep training sessions short and sweet. About 15-20 minutes at a time should be plenty.

Report Cards

If you offer Fido a report card with a gold star, there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll try to eat it. Reward your pooch with treats and praise when he is doing well. Use small snacks, like bits of kibble or pieces of hot dogs. If your four-legged pupil gets too full, he’ll become more interested in napping than in his education!

Keeping It Pawsitive

Never punish your pooch for not picking something up quickly enough. Dogs really don’t understand punishment, so this could backfire and leave your furry pal feeling confused, anxious, or even angry. Instead, focus on rewarding your canine buddy for doing well. Also, avoid working with Fido if you are feeling tired or grumpy. Man’s Best Friend knows us very well, and will quickly pick up on a bad mood. You don’t want your pet forming any negative associations with training!


Consistency is very important when it comes to training dogs. Be sure to use the same wording each time when teaching vocal commands. For instance, if you say ‘Come’ one day, and ‘Fido, come here right now’ the next, you may inadvertently confuse your furry student.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Livonia, MI animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are dedicated to providing excellent care!

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