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Dog Training Made Easy

 

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Training Made Easy

When you first start training your pet, you need to decide if you will be working with or without a clicker. Once you have made that choice the rest is simple.

 

How you train your dog would be the same way you would train all animals, you communicate to your dog what you want them to do; when the dog has performed a command as lured or asked, you reward them. You immediately repeat the exercise about 10 times and review it frequently until the dogs response to the command is practically automatic. But of course it isn't quite as simple as it sounds.

Communication

Communication with your dog is limited. They do not come to us speaking any certain language such as, English, Spanish, etc. You will need to have your dogs focused on you in order to communicate with them.Our body language is usually what they respond to first. If you have ever noticed when you talk with a stern voice and point directly at something your dog will start to move that direction. They are responding to our body language, That is the first thing our dogs will learn when they start to communicate with us. In some cases you can demonstrate or lure the action you want them to perform as part of your body communication such as hand signals. That is why training your dog to respond to hand signals is so important. Sometimes you may need to teach the command in little steps to achieve one basic command.. In certain cases like sit, or come, they can easily be taught just by waiting for your dog to offer these behaviors. Everything your dog learns does not have to be taught, certain things they do naturally can be put to a command. For example, your dog will sit, whether asked or not. If you wait for them to do this behavior and you reward it each and every time, you will be teaching your dog the sit command. After they "sit" a few times add a verbal cue, "sit" and they start to associate the cause and effect. This kind of (catch) training works on almost anything. Even tricks. If you find your dog just sitting there cocking his ears back and with a lost look on their face, it is obvious you are not getting your message across and that you need to improve your communications system.

Commands

When giving commands, you need to remember to always be calm, distinct, brief, patient, and perfectly clear in repeating your commands. Above all, be consistent. If your dog just sits there cocking his ears back and with a lost look on their face, it is obvious you are not getting your message across and that you need to improve your communications system. Start over again trying to clarify your command, while increasing the will power behind it. Your body signals and verbal commands have to be exactly the same every time, and everyone that comes in contact with your dog should use the exact same commands. If everyone that works with your dog uses a different command or signal the dog will become confused. Once your dog has learned a specific command you should ask your dog to perform this a few times a day to keep it fresh in their mind. Parents of pets seem to think that once their dog has learned something it is there for life, this is not always true. Pets do forget, but if you have to re-teach the command, they will be more likely to pick it up again.

One Word Commands

One-word commands are best. Command like sit, down, stay, wait, are great one word commands .If you are teaching your dog to sit, you don't want to have a verbal command that is long for example, "be a good boy and sit Spot." That is way to long of a command for your dog to know exactly what you are asking them to do.You should not repeat the command either. Repeating the command like, (down, down, down, down) gives your dog mixed signals also. Your dog will learn that you need to say "down" that many times before you expect them to do the behavior. When your dog has grasped your meaning and performed correctly, and has been rewarded, repeat the performance at once in order to fix it in his memory. Six or seven times should be sufficient for the first lesson because you don't want to bore them with it. Once they know the command you are asking well enough, you can use it in a sentence such as, "Spot, lay down." If you follow these tips your training should be easier.

Practice

Practicing is the best way to ensure your dog has learned the commands. You should repeat the lessons again the next day, and thereafter at the beginning of each training session until they have mastered it. You will see that your dog really enjoys showing off what they have learned to do. Certain conditions are necessary for successful training. At first try to schedule the lessons at the same time and in the same place, one that is a secluded as possible and free from distractions such as passing cars, playing children, and other animals. When your dog has the behavior down, you can train them in different parts of the house, yard, sidewalk or just about anywhere. If you change the training area, you will be adding a bit more distractions and your dog will learn to block them out. You want your dog to be able to focus on you no matter what is going on around them.

Dogs Point Of View

The learning process from the dog's point of view, involves listening attentively and watching you as you give a command, realizing that each sound and gesture signifies something they are being asked to do. Naturally, in the wild dogs would learn by watching the older dogs in the pact and see how they reacted to each others body language or vocal sounds. Different body gestures, or growls had different meanings. Puppies would practice these behaviors with their litter mates. However, once this sequence has been established in their mind, there is no limit to what they can learn.

 

Wrong Time To Train

Please do not attempt to teach a tired dog, or an ailing one, or one that has just eaten. The dog will only become frustrated, irritable, and his only memory of your time together will always be an unpleasant one. You'll achieve the same results if you try training your dog while you are nervous, irritable, or in a bad mood. Give them your time, attention, patience,supervision and love. If you can remember these tips for training you will have, training made easy.