Dog Training Tips

Lots of people get a puppy or dog and they have good intentions about training their dog. They buy books or DVDs. They watch dog training shows on TV. They might even start a dog training class. But for one reason or another, they don’t finish teaching their dog the basics of obedience training. This happens with lots of people, so if you stalled with training your dog, don’t feel bad. Here are some tips that might get you started again.

Keep training times short. Dogs learn best if you train them for a couple of 10 minute periods twice a day. Like people, dogs tend to lose interest during marathon training sessions. You can accomplish more with a couple of short, focused sessions each day.

Keep training fun. For most dogs, the more you make training like play, the better they will learn. Use an upbeat, cheerful tone of voice. Be energetic and positive. Act like you’re having fun and your dog is more likely to have fun.

Dogs respond well to praise and rewards. There are several different approaches to training but most dogs respond well to praise and reward. You don’t have to be the bad guy when you train your dog. Instead, praise your dog for getting things right. Reward him with petting and/or a treat or by playing with his favorite toy. This approach also encourages a positive attitude toward learning.

Be consistent. If you tell your dog to stay off the sofa six days a week, you will only confuse him if you allow him to get up on the sofa on the seventh day. It’s also confusing to your dog when you tell him to stay off the sofa and your spouse tells him it’s okay to get up. Dogs are perfectly willing to obey but they need to have consistent rules in the home. If your dog is not obeying, make sure you’re not sending mixed signals.

Train regularly. Your dog will learn and remember best if you train every day. Even though you only spend a few minutes training each day, it is important that you work with your dog every day. Keep working at it.

Don’t train when you’re angry or upset. Your dog can always sense your mood. If you’re angry or upset, your dog will know it and training won’t go well. This is especially true if you are upset with your dog. Leave the training until you are in a better mood. Never take your anger out on your dog.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just about any dog can be trained. You can start training a puppy when he’s about 8 weeks old. Start with easy things like teaching him to Sit and Come, as well as house training. But if you have an adolescent dog or an older dog, there’s no reason why you can’t train these dogs, too. Age is no barrier to learning. You can teach an old dog new tricks. On the other hand, if you have a dog with a specific behavior problem, you might need to contact a dog trainer or an animal behavior consultant. They have the training needed to work with dogs with behavior problems.

Training your dog is an ongoing process. Dogs learn obedience, rules in the home, and socialization. Like people, they continue to learn throughout their lives. It’s never too late for them to learn. So, if you need a jump start with training your dog, try these tips and maybe they will get you started again. Good luck!

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