Top Ten Dog Training Tips

Top Ten Dog Training Tips
Top ten dog training tips

There are tons of different dog training tips, some are great some are useful and some completely useless and outdated. Here are Top Ten Dog Training Tips. Tips that I find particularly useful and which will help turn your dog or puppy into the companion you always wanted.

1. Install good habits from the very beginning. Training should start from the very moment you get your dog or puppy home. Rules and boundaries must be established right away to avoid your dog picking up bad habits.

2. Be Patient. Even though you start training right away and trying to get your dog/puppy to get good habits and behave well you must have patience. Remember, a puppy is a baby, it needs time and it will take a while for it to understand and to learn what you are trying to teach it.

If you adopt an adult dog such as a rescue dog, you must take into consideration that the dog might have gone through a lot of trauma (such as mistreatment) and it will take time for it to regain confidence in a human being and to learn how you want things in your home. For example, if you adopt a dog who has never been inside a house then of course it needs to be potty trained and this will take a little time so it is important to be patience and to always stay calm.

3. Be consistent. Setting up clear rules and boundaries are important but you also must be conistent with them. If you allow something one day and you forbid it the next, the dog will be confused and it does not understand what the rules are. Also, everybody in the family must do the same things so one person does not allow something that somebody else forbids.What is Clicker Training?

4. Timing is A and O in all dog training. When you train your dog you need to let your dog know it did well at the exact moment when it performed the act you wanted it to. For example if your you teach your dog to sit, you should say Yes or Good or whatever word you use to mark good behavior at the moment his butt touches the floor. If you say Yes three seconds after it is too late and the dog won’t know what it did well.

Praise and cuddles follow the “YES” or “GOOD” There is also another way of marking good behavior and that is using a “Clicker”. This is a small device that emits a “clicking” sound when you push a button. You use this instead of using your voice. You can read more about CLICKERS HERE. Timing is equally important when your dog does something wrong. At the very moment it does wrong you say “No” otherwise your your won’t know what it did wrong.

5. Integrate training into your daily life. Though you might have special “training sessions” it is also a good idea to integrate training throughout your daily life. You can for example make your dog sit before eating or before going on the walk and practice important commands whenever it suits you. It will your dog more practice and it will also learn to obey commands in different situations, not just when you are having a training session.

6. Keep training sessions short. Training sessions that are too long you and your dog might get tired and bored and it will be harder for the dog to concentrate and training becomes less effective. Better to keep training sessions short and instead do them more often.

7. Stay positive. Dogs are sensitive to our moods and can easily feel if you are stressed, bored or upset. Thus staying positive and happy is important when training your dog. If you have a bad day and you don’t feel good, cancel the training session and do it another day.

8. Reward good behavior, not bad This forms the basics of all dog training you reward your dog when it has done something good and ignore it when it does something bad. For example if you try to calm down an over exited dog by giving it a lot of attention and caresses then you are rewarding it for being exited and he will learn that if you he acts that way he will get attention and caresses so he will continue to at that way. Thus, to calm down your dog you should instead turn your back to him and ignore him. Once he has calmed down, you call him over and give him attention and affection. That way you have taught him that if he stays calm he gets rewarded and if he gets too exited he gets ignored.

9. Make training fun Training should not just be work and teaching commands, training should be fun. You could integrate commands into a training sessions together with some games such as catch, tug o war and hide-and-seek. These are all fun games and you can train commands at the same time. For example tell him to lay down before starting, teaching him “let go” after playing tug o war and so on. Doing this will make the commands seem natural to your dog and she will learn to perform them in kinds of situations.

10. Get the help of a dog trainer If you have never had a dog before and you are uncertain how you should train it then consider taking the help of a professional dog trainer. A good trainer will show you how it is done and put you on the “right track” to further training. If there is no dog trainer available in your area or if you can’t afford a personal dog trainer you might want to consider trying an Online Dog Trainer.

I know this might sound weird but an Online Dog Trainer can teach you how to train your dog so that you can him/her yourself. This is done by watching videos of a professional dog trainer who is training clients dogs. There is also help available via a forum, Skype and e-mail should you need any assistance. Here is my Review of the Online Dog Trainer. if you want learn more about the Online Dog Trainer. If you want to try it out right away you go directly to the Online Dog Trainer and sign up for a free Dog Training Video course. That way you can see what it is like before signing up.

These are 10 tips that I find really important but there are of course many others. If you have any tips or ideas that you would like to share, please post them below.

All the best.


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  • I would like to train my dog on own this time. But I don’t really know how to do it. And she is still some weeks old. Should I start now? What is the ideal age to start her training? 

    And I would love to get some training exercise ideas or tutorials to help me out. Otherwise, I will only teach her the basics like come, sit, go…..


    • You can start training your puppy when she is around 8 weeks old. Starting out early will make it easier as she won’t pick up so many bad habits. Just remember that she is still a baby so it is important to be patient.

      As for some tips on how to train your dog, check out my site you will find plenty of tips there but if you really want a good, easy to follow program on how to train your puppy, Check out the Online Dog Trainer. At this website you will learn dog training by watching videos of a professional dog trainer showing you how it is done. It features a complete PUPPY TRAINING SECTION which will teach you everything you need to know about raising and training your puppy and there is also support available by e-mail, skype or a forum if you  need it. If you want to learn more: Here is my Full Review of the Online Dog Trainer.

      You can also get three days access to the program for one dollar. That way you can try it out and if you do not like it you simply canel the subscription before the end of the three days.

      I wish you all the best and feel free to contact me any time if I can be of any help.


  • You know what? You could actually use those 10 steps to train anybody or anything.  We have been to a couple of dog ‘training’ centres with our dogs and I can tell you, there are some bad ones out there, they take your money and then get you to walk around in circles for an hour and tell you the dog is trained.

    The good ones however, now that I think about it, are the ones that follow as closely to your tips listed above.  Especially those that are patient and positive (rather than asking you to leave if your dog doesn’t do as it is told straight up  – which I thought is why I was there in the first place).  And our biggest downfall, lack of consistency – we just don’t like saying no.

    Thanks for a great article, my wife an I have them listed and will see if we can become better carers and teachers to our furrly little ones.


    • Thank you for your input. Good dog trainers really do follow a structure and some important fundamentals when they are training dogs but like seem to have discovered, there are a lot of bad dog trainers out there as well. People without any qualifications who simply know very little about dog training, they only do it for money and they rip you off.

      When training a dog, patience is needed and you know how dogs think and function. Dogs don’t speak our language so you can’t just tell what to do and expect them to do it. Whatever you want to teach your dog must be shown in a way the dog can understand.

      Lack of consistancy is a problem and I understand it soo well when you say you just don’t like to say NO. I have the same problem when it comes to dealing with people, far too often I don’t say know because it feels uncomfortable but unfortunately you have to sometimes it is just the way it is. When it comes to a dog it is even more important because the dog won’t understand why you allow something one time and say NO the next and this will create a lot of confusion for your dog.



  • Hi Jojo,

    I really enjoyed your article on top ten dog training tips.

    I run a dog walking and home boarding business and agree with all the tips you have recommended.

    Last night we looked after a lovely older dog (black Labrador), but when we went to bed, he would not stop howling. Have you any training tips on how we could stop this? Thanks in advance form a very tired Andrew.

    • I think this old Labrador might suffer fromseparation anxiety. It is also quit common that dogs howl when they are left alone in a new place and hopefully this might get better the seccond night. You might want to try to give the dog a bone. This will keep him occupied and it might stop him from howling. Another trick is to give him something from his owner, something which has his owners smell in it, like a T-shirt for example. I once used this trick when my newly adopted German Shepherd was barking all night. A T-shirt with my smell stopped the barking at least for a while. You can find some more tips and info about why dogs howl and what you can do about it in this post:

      Why does my dog howl?

      Good Luck!


  • This is so helpful Jojo, thank you for sharing such useful tips on training the dog. I think that the most important part is definitely time and patience, as our little friends can’t learn overnight. I took a look at your recommendation and can confirm that the online dog trainer is great yet very affordable. I can’t wait to start seeing results.

    • You are soo right, time and patience are important and by understanding how dogs function and a few simple methods that will make them understand what you want from them you will soon get results.

      The Online Dog Trainer is great and so far I have not heard from anyone who was not satisfied with this program. I am sure the results will come soon.

      I wish you the best of luck.

      All the best,


  • Hello Jojo, this post would be really beneficial to lots of people including myself. Dog trainers around where I live is quite expensive, although I was considering giving it a try, but it seem with this post, I would want to try and train her on my own but if there isn’t any improvement, I’d get a trainer. There is a bit of an issue I seem to have and it is starting at an early stage. My buddy understand signs more than voice command, and she is a year old already. Do you think we can still work things?

    • It is never too late to train a dog and dog who is one year old is not a problem to train. The thing with dog training is that once you have established leadership over your dog, you have to find the methods that will make your dog understand what you want from it.

      Dog Trainers can be quite expensive but I might have a solution for you. The Online Dog Trainer can certainly help you with your dog. It is an Online Dog Training Site where you learn dog training by watching videos. There is also the support of a professional dog trainer by Skype, E-mail and a forum. This is far less expensive than a personal dog trainer and it is also convenient as you have access to the training 24/7. If you want to learn more you can read my full review of the Online Dog Trainer Here. or you can get 3 days access to the program for one dollar HERE

      I wish you the best of luck and you can write to me any time if I can be of help.



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