We all live busy lives these days, and sometimes we can't dedicate ourselves as much as we'd like to teaching an unruly dog to behave properly.
The tips below will make sure that every minute you spend with your dog is as productive as possible for you both.
Tip #1 - Play nice.
Dogs enjoy playing games, and they like having fun.
If you're having fun with them, they're not going to have time to be distracted by themselves and start messing around.
Dogs are a bit like kids in this sense: keep them occupied with fun stuff and they'll behave.
Tip #2 - Don't get violent.
Smacking, slapping, or (heaven forbid) punching or kicking a dog is really not going to get you anywhere.
Many dogs become violent and aggressive after being mistreated with violence, so continuing that behavior isn't going to change anything.
See tip #1 - play NICE with your dog if you want them to be nice back.
Tip #3 - Wear him out.
A tired dog is a good dog, usually because they're asleep or simply don't have the energy to mess about.
If you're too tired to run around with your dog, get your kids or friends to do it.
If you can't walk him every day (which you should!), hire a local to do it.
Rates for dog walking are usually very cheap, only a few dollars, and it makes a big difference.
Tip #4 - Rewards, not punishments.
Stay positive with your dog and reward them for good behavior.
Punishments for bad behavior should be rationed.
While you want the dog to understand he's done something bad, you don't want him to start disliking you or become angry, or he'll likely start misbehaving again.
Far better is to get him to begin to associate rewards with good behavior and encourage it that way.
Tip #5 - Make more time to train your dog.
This might sound silly because we've already established that you don't have much time, but with dog training you get out what you put in.
The more time your spend with your dog, the better they'll respond to you.
A full dog training schedule doesn't have to mean several hours a day - there's lots of home courses that produce excellent results in much less time than that.
These tips are really only the tip of the iceberg.
If you seriously want your dog to be well behaved (and even able to do tricks!), you need to invest some time into learning about dog training systems and applying them.