Back to Basics: Important Things to Keep in Mind while Training
Whether your dog will be competing in a national sport, or you simply want to have more control over him in a public setting, it sometimes helps to be reminded of some of the basic points that should always be available at your disposition. You certainly don’t want your cute little dog to go on a wild rampage after taking him to the mall. And, likewise, you don’t want him to be an embarrassment for you at your town’s local dog show. This article will point out a few tips that may make dog obedience training much easier and manageable. But first, here’s a little information about dogs in general. Dogs truly are a man’s best friend and should provide your entire family with a sense of security and comfort. A pet dog that’s well-behaved is fun to have around and can even help protect your loved ones from injury if properly trained.
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Don’t forget, this is supposed to be fun for both you and your dog. Try to keep these tips in mind whenever you interact with your dog.
- It’s easy to get excited about dog obedience training and to quickly jump from one step to another. Avoid this. Take your time. Train in slices, not lumps.
- Keep a calm and assertive voice. Your voice has to have a feeling of authority and not be overly high pitched. Always express yourself to your dog in a positive and confident manner.
- Avoid getting in the habit of showering the dog with too many compliments. Your praise should have meaning and reason.
- On that note, you should never stop giving your dog lots of treats, love, and affection. This is crucial in order to secure a more powerful bond between the dog and you. Some is good, (it’s why he have dogs) but the idea is not to go overboard with it for no reason. Give the treats and love and affection when they truly deserve it, or it won’t have the same meaning.
- When you feel your dog is ready to learn commands, start with the easiest ones first, such as the “sit” and “stay” commands. And then remember to stay consistent with these commands in order not to mess with his head.
- Avoid trying to train too many commands the same time.
- Be sure to start training new commands in a distraction-free environment.
- While giving known commands in a new environment make sure your dog always feels secure.
- Don’t spend too much time training. An over trained dog can quickly become tired and unresponsive and learn to hate the whole training experience.
Above all, keep a smiling, friendly, and upbeat attitude so that the dog always feels like they have a confidant in you. The rewards of doing so are sure to please not just your dog but, both you as well.