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What Can You Do in 5 Minutes?

Posted on 07/23/10 21 Comments

I can’t tell you how excited, proud, grateful, happy I am when I read comments like Esther’s this morning;

Five minutes might seem like a blink of an eye but even my snapping turtles can move amazing distances in just 5 minutes

Got a succesfull recall off a deerhunt this morning …. YES !!! I love it that playing these 5 minute games since only a week is already paying off that quickly.!

That is it. Five minutes a day can create brilliance. The “tofu & potatoes” of this course (or for your carnivores “meat & potatoes”) hasn’t even begun and yet we are already reading about amazing results like these.

Just imagine what is going to happen in a month. I am not writing this  as some sort of slick marketing way to get the rest of you to go and sign up for this course because it closes at 10 AM this morning. . . . but subliminally what seeds did I just plant in your unsuspecting minds :)?

Really, all joking aside, even if working with me on this new e-course is not in the cards for you right now, all you have to do is read the comments on this blog by the students participating in the course and you will see that the 5 minute formula works. But here is a secret, it works in anything you do.

You want to start a fitness program, I challenge each of you to do 5 minutes of exercising each do for the next week. Push ups, sit ups, lunges, squats or even do a 5 minute brisk walk. Start reading again by doing it for 5 minutes at night before bedtime. You get it?

In the midst of all that I do, I still find the time to continually be active taking on-line courses myself. I tell myself even if I just dedicate 5 minutes a day to learning something new it will have massive impact on my life. And it does.

5 minute training sessions work for all of us and they work amazingly well for our dogs. So even if this isn’t the right time to join in on my new course, try to set aside 5 minutes of training for you and your dog, work through some old exercises you have in a journal from a seminar you took or dust off your copies of Ruff Love, Shaping Success & Crate Games and you will find loads of games you can play in 5 minutes.

However if you decide, like I do with my on-line courses, I am never going to “have the time” so I will just make the time, click the big Sign Up icon to the right and join the rest of us that have decided to dedicate 5 minute a day into their dog’s education.

Today I am grateful to already see such strong results coming in from people who are making that 5 minute per day investment in their dog.


  1. Brenda Noren says:
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 5:55pm

    I have heard so much about your Recallers class through my online friends and through a couple of my dog training club friends. How can I sign up for this online class? I really need to learn to train this life-saving exercise to my very exuberant cocker spaniel. When he does get off leash, which is extremely rare, he sometimes comes towards me only to swish by really fast! He does come when I have cookies though. Except when there are L-I-Z-A-R-D-S! I am beginning to stop using the “Come!” command because he is associating it to mean, “Let’s play chase. I run and you try to catch me!” We are working on the Ruff Luv program and other products.


  2. Danyielle says:
    Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:19pm

    Hi, my name is Danyielle and I rescued a five mnth old Shiloh Shepherd named Hunter. He is huge and yet easy to handle on a leash, in fact perfect! The problems arise from squirrels and cats. He has run off twice and gotten free several times. He’s smart but he gets so excited he won’t look at me when i call him but i know he heard me cuz he twitches his ear. I have the patience and want us to have a strong bond but most of all I want to be one of those owners who can play off leash with my dog and not worry that he’s gonna run out of an unfenced area or away from me to get a squirrel or cat or something. Everyone here seems to have had amazing results and im sad to find out i missed it all. I also wanted to find out how much this course costs. Ihope a new one will start soon. But in the meantime im still searching on how to fix this troubling problem of half okay recall with Hunter. He’s not used to life outside of a crate since he was in a mill but he’s still young so im looking desperately for help on this. I live in a country small town area of Illinois so we dont have dog training facilities just wide open space and id love to play frisbie with him out in a retired corn field!


  3. jrhandlersheltie says:
    Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 7:53pm

    How much does the 5 minute recall program cost? I haven’t seen a price anywhere. 🙂


  4. Marie says:
    Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8:34am

    Est-il possible de trouver vos DVD en français?


    • Susan says:
      Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:41am

      Je suis désolé Marie à partir de maintenant aucun de mes DVD sont en français.


  5. Nanna says:
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 3:47pm

    My 13 month old terrier puppy’s recalls have gotten sooo much better since I started rewarding her with class A treats!
    Now she often offers coming to me without me calling her. Should I also reward that?


  6. Rachel says:
    Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 10:34am

    Our boys are doing great with these games. And, thank you Susan, my husband’s playing some of the games too (and having fun)! 5 minutes he can spare!

    BTW, today I called Quill off his A+ activity, lying on the couch. I know this doesn’t sound as dramatic as a herd of deer, but it’s taken 3 days to get there. So proud of him.

    (I know, I know. Ruff Love is on its way… Gotta work on the husband.)


  7. Tobias says:
    Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 9:15am

    Welldone Susan on the ball again!


  8. Nancy May says:
    Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 12:34am

    My boy is really liking the collar grab game. However, now when I reach to grab his collar with one hand, he is practically duvinging into my other hand looking for his cookie. It is rather difficult to clip a leash on with him searching. 🙂 now what do I do?


  9. Julie Seeley says:
    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 5:59pm

    If my dog chooses to ignore his name, would it be valuable to make a big deal of offering the reward to the other helper dog? As if to say “oops, you missed out – he won.”


    • Susan says:
      Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:07pm

      Not right now Julie, I don’t want to add any form of punishment until we have put the value into the bank account for doing the right thing. So just make sure you manipulate the distractions in the environment so there will be virtually no other value to be found for the dog.


  10. Bobbie Bhambree says:
    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 5:41pm

    Playing these games with Tricky (now 18 months) since she was a baby helped when we came across a family of wild turkeys in the woods behind our house. They flew off in every direction just 20 feet ahead of us. The first awesome thing she did was make the choice to NOT chase. I actually waited a couple of seconds to see what she would do. Then I called her name. Tricky was just a couple of feet ahead of me. She whipped her head around (love that whip-lash head turn!) and raced back to me. Imagine that on an agility course! :))


  11. Nancy May says:
    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 4:40pm

    I am wondering when we can expect delivery of books and video from enrollement if we ordered them? I think I am needing to read that Ruff Love book!!!


    • Susan says:
      Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:10pm

      Books will not be sent out until next week (we still have people on Basic and Advance that are upgrading to Brilliant so we won’t sent them out until we know of the final numbers)> Thanks for your patience!


  12. Renee says:
    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:07am

    Also another major succes over here. My little PRT was chasing the garbage container, which my hubby was moving through our garden so it could be picked up. I just called his name once, he stopped his chase and immediately turned around. I grabbed his collar and celebrated with a lot of very delicious cookies. Just played two bonus games the last few days, and already there is a lot of improvement. I can’t wait till the course really starts!


    • Susan says:
      Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:31pm

      Awesome report Renee! TERRIER POW-WA!


    • agilitysheltie says:
      Friday, June 24, 2011 at 9:13am

      WOW! That is truely amazing. Will have to look into the course.


  13. Angela says:
    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8:52am

    Another little success story – after just playing the first bonus game with my BC about three times over the course of a day and a half (just a few minutes each time), I successfully called him off a squirrel that was taunting him from a few feet up a tree! We had a major celebration for that!


    • Susan says:
      Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:33pm

      Angela, love to read about you celebrating the small successes ’cause by now everyone should know where those small successes will lead . . .


    • Edgarfoot says:
      Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 12:18pm

      Yeah Angela that’s Great! Here’s my question though…..I must be missing something. The 5 minute exercise I’ve been working on is the collar-tug. Is it from this exercise that you are starting to get better recalls already? Thanks Susan


      • Angela Schmorrow says:
        Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:26am

        Edgarfoot: Yep, I was just doing the collar game. I think that just making the extra effort to spend even a few more minutes a day playing and being fun and exciting with him is already making him start to give me some better attention. Still a ways from a “brilliant” recall, but it was nice to see him start to make the choice to seek reinforcement from me instead of the environment.

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