How to dog training tips!

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Dog Training How To Tips

Here are some simple and useful “how to dog training tips” I hope will make good use of them.

 

  1. “Listen” to your dog and observe his reactions

    If your dog is not comfortable with something, like for example saying hello to a stranger, then do not force him to do it. If your dog is really scared about something and you force her to do it, this might create much bigger problems later on. There is a reason why your dog is scared and you must careful and gradually make her try new things and overcome her fear.

  2. Dogs love affection soo give her lots of it.

    Affection is really important to dogs so give them lots of it. Giving a dog lots of attention and affection when they are doing well is a great way of motivating them and making them happy. This way they will associate doing “the right thing” with something positive.

  3. Is the dog treats really tasty?

    Make sure that your dog really likes the “treats” you give him. If you are using treats to reward your dog for doing well then you must be sure he really wants them. Just try different things and observe his/reaction. Some dogs can be fuzzy with what they eat and do not like everything you give them.

  4. Show your dog what you want him to do

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    Dog Training How To Tips

    Sometimes when you say No to your dog, your dog does not understand what it is that he should stop doing. If your dog is jumping on someone and you want him to stop, first tell him no and then tell him to stop. That way you are being very clear by first saying no and then showing your dog what you want him to do instead.

  5. Be patient

    Dog training requires patience. Training a dog takes time. You should have realistic expectations on what you can teach your dog and how long it will take. That being said, almost anything is possible and most problem behaviors can be fixed even if you have an older dog. However the longer a dog has shown a certain behavior the longer it will take to fix it. If you can stop an unwanted behavior early then it will be much easier and faster to correct.

    The most difficult things to sort out are usually those things that are natural to a dog. That is for example barking, chewing and digging. All these are natural behaviors to your dog. They can not be stopped completely as this is something he is born to do. However it can be controlled and/or redirected. If your dog is chewing your furniture you show your dog something that it is allowed to chew instead. Thus you redirect your dogs chewing instead of stopping it.

  6. Consistancy is the key to success

    Talk to all members of the family and get them involved in the training. If your dog is not allowed on the sofa and someone is telling her off when she does while another family member lets her stay there, then the dog will not understand what she should do. Everybody in the family needs to be consistent and apply the same rules. Consistency is the key to success.

  7. Reinforce good behavior, not bad

    Moses-Peanut-Inca-5When it comes to dog training, the golden rule is to reinforce good behavior and make sure not to encourage bad behavior. For example if you want your dog to do something, like for example come to you when you call, you call your dog and when she comes to you, you give her lots of affection and attention and maybe a treat. Your dog will thus learn that doing the right thing will be rewarded. On the other side of the coin, don’t give your dog too much attention when it is doing something bad. No point in yelling or chasing your dog. Just say NO and then ignore your dog for a while. Remember show your dog what to do by encouring good behavior and ignoring bad behavior.

  8. Using treats to reinforce good behavior

    Treats can be an effective way to reinforce good behavior in a dog. Whenever a dog receives a positive reaction from something it does it will continue to do it. So if you give the dog a treat when you call him and he comes to you, he will remember and next time you call him he will come back to you. This works in most training situations. Important to give the treat immidiately after your dog has performed the good action so that he will associate the good action with the treat. With time you can give treats less often and alos substitute them with affection and caresses. Just make sure your dog is not getting too fat from all the treats. There are plenty of low calorie dog treats out there so this should not be a problem.

  9. Gradually increase your dog’s freedom at home

    When your new dog arrives at your home be careful to keep an eye on him/her constantly. You should observe your dog and gradually increase its level of freedom. A new dog (and especially a puppy) might get into danger unless you are there to control it. Electric cables is one thing for example. Destructive chewing is another issue that might occur. If needed you could put your dog in a crate or seal off certain parts of your house with baby gates. Doing soo will facilitate controlling your dog or puppy.

    I hope you found these “dog training how to tips” useful. More tips on dog training will come soon. If you have any questions, experiences or tips to share, please leave them below.

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  • Hey Jojo
    Its so easy to take it for granted that dog treats are all the same, but depending on your dog some are tastier than others.
    Its good advice to not just say no to your dog, to to follow it up with an instruction.
    A good habit to form.

    • Yes getting into the right habits is very important for all dog training. A dog will learn what works for it. If it is rewarded for a good behavior it will continue to act this way. A treat that your dog really enjoy will be a great reward for your dog. The best way is simply to try different treats and see how your dog reacts.

      Important to show a dog not only what it should not do but also what it should do instead, otherwise the dog might have problems understanding what you mean

  • This is the the best information i have been searching for, i am having my small dog,at the early stage i am thinking of giving my dog a training so that it can be friendly with my kids.For the best information i got from your article i will use it to train my puppy so that my puppy will be friendly.

    All the best
    Jose

    • If you give your puppy some really good training and let it get used to a great number of people and different situations, life for you and your dog will much easier. You just need to know how to train it. Patience, consistency and establishing yourself as the packleader are essential parts of all dog training. I wish you the best of luck and if I can be of any assistance please let me know and I will do my best to help out.

      All the best

      Jojo

  • I have a “new” rescue dog….well actually I have had Teddy for a little over a year now. He still has issues inside the home. I take him out and he will do his business without any problems. Then I can bring him in, and I find that somewhere during the time in, he has did business inside. I have tried the bell on the door, and putting him out regularly. I don’t know what I am doing wrong 🙁 He ends up in his kennel a lot, which he doesn’t mind, but I’d like to let him run loose like our other dog.

    • Let me ask you. Is the problem that he is toiletting inside when you are out and leave him alone, or does it happen when you are at home? Do you know if your dog once was properly toilet trained before you adopted him?

      It could be different issues, let me give you an example. Again we come back to the point of who the packleader is, you or your dog. If a young dog out in the wild would be lost then the only way for him/her to find its way home would be by using its nose. The adult dogs would make sure that there is a fresh strong smell to follow. In this case that would be urin (or poh).

      So if your dog sees himself as the packleader, toiletting inside would be a way of helping you to find your way home. This might seem far fetched but we must not forget that this is the way dogs are programmed. Deep inside dogs are still wolfs, they are wild animals that we have adapted and adopted and many ways of their behavior are due to their instincts.

      Many issues and problem behaviors with dogs are due to the fact that dog sees itself as the packleader. Once you established yourself as the packleader it will be easy to train your dog, you only need to show it what you want and it will automatically do as wish (provided it understands what you mean of course) This is also part of the dogs instincts.

      I wish you good luck and feel free to contact me should you need any help.

      Jojo

  • Very helpful read.For me the information on how to train your dog to come was useful . I have an 8 month old puppy right now. She is a very good puppy and has been extremely easy to train, except to come. when i call to her to come she kind of looks at me like “what!”. Drives me crazy . Your article was helpful . I will try to implement some of your tips and see what happens.
    Thanks.

  • Great website. A couple of things that caught my eye are the “2 home” buttons that take you to 2 different places and the spelling of the word organized “how the secrets of dog training is organized”.

    Do you have an opinion about shocker collars for training purposes? I have a Golden Retriever who has learned her boundaries really fast with a shocker collar. We are working on her behaviors elsewhere and are considering a shocker trainer for this as well, but are on the fence. Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Eric

    • Hi, thanks for your input. The two “home” buttons is a mistake and this will be taken care of shortly, thanks for reminding me.

      As for shock collars this is not something I would recommend. This will cause your dog both pain and fear and there are better and far more gentle methods to train your dog.

      I would suggest you take a look at Secrets to Dog Training by Kingdom of Pets This is a really good and easy to follow dog training guide that will show you how to handle various problems. There is also a forum included where you can get help should run into any problems.

      Then there is also the Online Dog Trainer which is a video based membership site where you learn dog training by watching videos with the professional dog trainer Doggy Dan. A forum is also included if you need assistance.

      Here is a link to my review of the Online Dog Trainer.

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