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Dog Training Tips

Patience, patience and more patience.

  • Training your pup is a delightful experience, one to be enjoyed by you both.  Begin your training sessions in a quiet area when you both are calm.  Prepare your sessions with  rewards, and a basic lesson plan of how you plan to train the pup. 
  • Both your mood and the pups mood needs to be in the right frame of mind for training.  If you are not in that mood then don't do it until you are.  The pup will be more receptive if walked before hand which allows him/her to get out excess energy and allows for a better focus.
  • If you are using food treats, they should be small bite size morsels that take but a moment to eat.  If you are going to use voice rewards, think before hand of what they will be.   Generally it is suggested to begin training with food treats, slowly moving toward using them as rewards intermittently to ensure the pup doesn't only work for food.

  • Your pup will respond to your commands so make them clear and easy.  One word commands such as sit, down, heal, stop, no, come, stay, leave it, off, quiet work well with dogs.  They are short, to the point and easy for the dog to remember.
  • The command 'COME' is probably the most important and needs a special focus.  You want your pup to enjoy coming to you.
  • Say the pups name to get its attention, then "COME", then praise, petting and a treat.  
  • If you find the pup does not respond quickly, take this command down to its most basic element to ensure it is well learned.  For example, do it in a rather boring environment, no extra stimulus like other dogs, or stuff to smell.  Put Fido on leash so he/she can not venture far away.  Say  'Dogs NAME---COME---and after pup comes to you give lots of praise, petting, treats.  Repeat frequently until well learned.  Then watch for clues that the training is waning and then start all over again. 
  • Short and very frequent lessons ensure success.  Once the pup gets it, the command will work but remember training is on going and Fido will need tune ups for all commands every now and then.
  • You probably already know this but it is worth mentioning.  Training always involves positive energy, always up beat, always lots of praise, always with the expectation and ability for accomplishment.  If your patience runs short, just stop, otherwise your tone will reflect a negative attitude and you may be triggered into yelling, hitting, jerking the leash or some other form of abuse.  Training is fun, rewarding and up lifting, giving you both a sense of accomplishment and well being.
  • If you dog or pup is a bit difficult & exhibits aggressive behavior, tell the dog NO BEFORE he does the behavior.
  • Always be aware of your tone, if it is angry or hostile in any way, your pup might be frightened into not coming to you.  When the pup comes, ALWAYS praise and reward.  Make it an the most enjoyable experience, one that is full of love, acceptance, appreciation and reward for the pup.  You want the pup to be happy to come to you.
  • Rewards need to be given as immediately as possible.   The timing is essential as it enables the dog to connect its behavior with the reward and lesson learned.
  • A  few minutes a day, well done will produce the desired results you want.  However, many people think once that happens it is all done.  Dogs have many stages of development and during some stages you will have to start all over again with training so it is better to think about training as a life time activity you do with your pup.
  • Inappropriate behavior is best ignored, otherwise the dog will confuse your response with thinking the inappropriate behavior is suppose to be repeated.  For example, if your pup rolls over when you say sit... and it is the cutest thing you have ever seen... ignore it and make your pup sit.  If your pup does not respond to your commands quickly, do not keep repeating yourself.  Instead change the environment and redirect the pup to focus on you and your command.  Punishment is a waste of your time and destroys the relationship.  Just ignore and redirect. 
  • End each training session on an upbeat and positive note.

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