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8 Tips for Dog Training

1/17/17 3:13 PM / by Mia Holland

Here are 8 tips that could give you the short cuts to training if used well.

Remember training should be fun-- When something is strenuous for the dog, it is much easier to discourage him/her from doing the task. So be sure to incorporate fun and games into the exercises without defeating the real purpose of the activities.

Apart from filling each session of training with fun exercises, you should also make him/her feel that he/she is pleasing for you. Remember that dogs, by nature, only want to please their masters so be sure to acknowledge their efforts.

Positive and negative reinforcement--Use both types of reinforcements only when proper otherwise the dog will be confused. Positive reinforcement covers the use of praise, dog treats and taps while negative reinforcement, depending on the viewpoint of the handler, could be anywhere from punishing the dog harshly to refusing to give him/her the treat you have offered.

Sustain a no distraction training area--Dogs and puppies alike could easily get distracted by things that are not connected to their training. Always keep in mind that they could not sustain their interest on one thing alone so control the environment such that the dog will only focus on the activity. A secluded place such as an abandoned yard or large, empty room could be good places to train the dog.

Complete the task--If you give a command, be sure that the dog follows through it all the way. Never leave it half-baked, otherwise the dog will think that it is OK not to follow your directions. If you gave the command 'come' to the dog, be sure to make him/her come to you completely.

Be firm and gentle--If you are giving commands, use a lower tone of your voice since dogs sometimes confuse high pitched voices with barking dogs. Be firm with the keyword you use but be gentle in the execution.

As much as possible, don't use force or cruel techniques such as yanking the dog collar whenever the dog misbehaves. Actions like these would make the dog feel unsure of itself, making him lose its confidence.

Keep the training short--Bite size training works well with canines. There are two reasons why dogs are incapable of learning for extended periods- one, they have poor attention spans and two, dog's retention capacity is relatively short, so chunking the lessons into one session does not yield positive training.

The key here is to condition the response of the dog instead of flooding him/her with tasks and commands that their brain is not able to accommodate.

Be patient--Dogs just don't learn as fast as we want them to learn. In fact, the faster we expect them to digest the training, the slower the process becomes. This is not because they become slower learners, instead the trainers become impatient with their dogs that they just want fast-forward everything.

So be patient, nothing good ever came from rushing your dog's training. Guide him/her as he/she learns at their own pace.

Train them as a puppy--If you train them during old age, there is lower chance that he/she would learn easily. One the other hand, training them as a puppy would yield a better chance of grasping the lessons fairly well. The ideal age for training a puppy is when it's at 6-8 weeks. As they age, training becomes more difficult due to the development of some habits that most owners dislike.

Topics: Tips and Tricks

Mia Holland

Written by Mia Holland