The Washington Post

Training tips

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Want to train your pets? Mesa shares five tips:

1. “Keep training sessions short — three to five minutes is perfect.”

2. “If you’re teaching a new behavior, use your pet’s favorite treat. As soon as your pet does what you ask, reward them.”

3. “Break a behavior down into small steps, and reward your pet for completing each step successful­ly.”

4. “I like to play with my dogs, so I reward them with toys once they’ve learned a new behavior. They learn to work for playtime, and not just for food.”

5. “Have fun with your pet. Keep everything positive, and always leave your pet wanting more because . . . they’ll want to keep working with you.”

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