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Basic Training Tips

 

 

When teaching your dog basic obedience, it is wise to make sure that you first have an understanding of the art yourself. Like people, dogs have unique personalities and none of them are the same, and it is a good trainer that will take the time to figure out the dog before trying to figure out how to best approach, and introduced basic obedience training. Furthermore, there are many external resources out there for you to take advantage of in order to help you understand the art of training. Books, articles, Obedience Training Instructors, and the internet, are all viable sources that you should take advantage of when seeking advice, or just experiences from others in your situation.

When working with your dog. it is very important to keep in mind all of these tips, they will help you when bonding, understanding, and interacting pawsitively with your four-legged friend:

 

10 Tips For Basic Training

~Know what your doing: Before you start any type of training, do your research first! To often, pet owners try to do all the work their way, get frustrated and then take out their frustrations on their pet. Having an understanding of the methodology behind the many types of training, will benefit you to know end.

~Consistency: Being consistent with your approach is very important when dealing with your dog in any aspect of life. When working with your dog try to use the same approach each time. Changing training methods during any session for example will only confuse your dog even more than they already are.Set up training time at least twice a day, and keep to these times, you should also train somewhere quiet when first starting. Training time is important, the more sessions you set up the more productivity you can expect in the long run.

~Keep your sessions short: The attention span of a dog is about 25 minutes, so it is crucial to keep the sessions short. Keeping the sessions short does not mean you should sacrifice content. Remember practice makes perfect.

 

~Keep training sessions fun: Dogs just like humans, like to have fun, and why shouldn't they? Training can be fun for you and your pet! Be lively, treat good behavior, use pawsitive reinforcement and praise, your dog will want to do the behavior more often. Make them feel like they are the best dog in the world.

~Never punish your pet for what they don't know: I have seen many people talk to their dogs as if their dog is a master of the English language. Then punish them when the desired response is not carried out. This really upsets me because it shows me that that person would rather bully their pet into submitting than taking the time to research, develop and implicate an approach to help the dog learn the desired response to certain words or phrases.Your dog will not know what you are asking them to do at first, that is why the methods you use need to be the same every time.

~Train to your dog's strength: As stated above every dog has its own unique personality, therefore we must identify characteristics of our pets in order to take advantage of them in our training sessions. If your pet is very lively, take advantage of that! During training sessions, be lively yourself! Match your dogs enthusiasm, when your happy, your pet will be happy and your pet will be very happy come training time. They will all learn, you just need to find what works best for your dog, and when you do stick to it. It is really important to make a shy laid back dog feel super great during training sessions as this can only improve your chances of continuing successful training.

~Incorporate training into your everyday routine: It can be very beneficial to perform individual obedience exercises through the day. Simply by performing the sit exercise while you brush him, or having the dog sit while you attach his leash, you can ask them to sit before you feed them. Any time you can use the "sit" it will help to imprint the sitting position. Keep little things like this in mind as they can only aid you and your pet.

 

~Be patient: Remember you are trying to teach your dog! Your dog is a non-english speaking individual, lacking house manners, behavioral skills, courtesy, so you will need lots of patience because they will not get things right the first time. Just take your time and you will get the results you are looking for.

~Empathize with your dog: The best example I can think of for this suggestion, is going to a foreign country and trying to comprehend what people are saying. Somebody will come up to you and start rambling on in a foreign tongue and you have no clue what they are saying. If they use some sort of hand signal, maybe rubbing their stomach or gesturing a hand to mouth movement you may be able to figure out they want food.Your dog is in the same predicament with you. When you start training your dog, they have no clue on earth what you are saying. How are they supposed to respond if they don't know what you want? Obviously the more time you spend in the foreign country, the more familiar you become with the language. You can apply the same principle with your dog. They more you work with hand signals when training , the more comprehension your dog will have, leading to the end result, an obedient dog.

~Reward good behavior: The best way to reinforce good behavior is to reward it. Others may disagree with this statement, but through my experience with my own dog and others around me, I have found that rewarding good behavior can only help in maintaining that behavior. In my opinion, the best way of rewarding good behavior is through offering toys or treats. Praise or pawsitive reinforcement is also worthy. Your dog is food motivated and in most cases, and you can achieve astonishing success by baiting your dog with the occasional rustle of the treat bag.