Tips for Training Your Dog

There are many responsibilities associated with having a pet and one of the most important ones is training. Training your dog is important because dogs, like children, need boundaries and to know what is considered good behavior. Dogs that don’t know the rules are often on edge trying to figure out what we want from them. It’s not fair to punish a dog when we haven’t spelled out the rules of behavior. Having a well-trained dog helps build your relationship with him and helps create a harmonious household which is better for everyone. Here are 12 tips to make your training sessions more successful.

#1: TIMING. The number one tip to successful training is timing. If you have great timing you will train faster, more efficiently, and more consistently.

#2: FOOD TRAINING. Use food-based training to establish positive, motivated patterns in your dog. Use their daily food ration to teach them to look to you for leadership, reward, and responsibility. Be careful not to overfeed your dog and don’t use treats that are high in calories or you might create a weight problem.

#3: MOTIVATION. Motivation is more than “good dog.” It is an attitude of motivated behavior. Dogs follow a leader who is fair, positive, and motivates them to perform. Motivation teaches them what is acceptable and what is not. You will achieve more through being motivated than you will through being forceful.

#4: CRATE TRAINING. Crate training is a must. It is not cruel to place a dog in a crate; it plays on denning behavior in animals. It gives your dog time to be calm and quiet and channels their energy when they are working.

#5: STRUCTURE. Structure your dog’s day. Don’t allow them to act inappropriately and then punish them for doing so. Establish patterns for going potty, working for food, walking on a leash, playing with other pets, etc. Think of it as sending your child to school – structure!

#6: REAL WORLD TRAINING. Practice with your dog in real world settings. This means setting a good foundation first and then moving out into the world. Practice at the front door, in the street, at the park, and wherever you like to spend time with your dog.

#7: FOUNDATION. Creating a solid foundation for your dog will teach them what is expected of them. Start with a basic set of rules and add to that.

#8: BABY STEPS. Train in baby steps. Take things slowly. You achieve better results through building on positive behaviors than you will by allowing things to crash and burn.

#9: SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. Rome wasn’t build in a day! It takes time to achieve great results and you need to be realistic in what you expect. Think of training your dog as teaching a small child. They are willing to learn if you are willing to teach.

#10: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. You cannot expect results without learning to carry out the patterns. You must practice at least a few minutes a day to ensure success. More so, you will find practice will become part of your daily routine. Bring your dog into your world gradually, step by step. Teach them what you like, and what you don’t want, so that they can understand. And practice what you learn.

#11: SEND YOUR DOG TO SCHOOL. The reality is that dog training is like going to school. Learning can be fun if applied in a positive and creative way.

#12: HAVE FUN! Be kind, respectful, and most of all have fun with your dog!

(This information was found HERE.)

Now get out there and start training!

julia sig

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