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How long do we need to train our dog for?

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This question comes up weekly so I thought it’s probably time to address this in a post.
Here’s my theory on this.  If you expect proficiency from your dog, then the training never ends. It’s no different than if you were training to be a fitness model or marathon runner. You don’t just train for a short period of time and then stop, expecting to keep the same results. Now granted, when your dog is completely clear on the training/expectations, after time it’s more like maintenance rather than intense training. But nonetheless, you have to always work & maintain those skills. Otherwise, its completely unfair for you to expect greatness from your dog without putting in the time and rep’s.