Coming up soon in September, I will be starting Turbo’s beginner obedience class. He has already completed his puppy obedience class. In the puppy class one of the things I learned was to sit quietly with your dog for about a half an hour every day. This will be hard to do at first because puppies are so full of energy and older dogs might not be sure how to handle it. I think this is an important activity. It helps you bond with your dog and solidify that loyalty you expect. All dogs should be good citizens and this ability to lay quietly by your side while you are eating, chatting with a friend or strange or just wanting some quiet time is essential. Start out with just a few minutes and build up to a half an hour. Who knows maybe the quiet time will relieve some of your daily stress too.