There are tons of different dog training tips, some are great some are useful and some completely useless and outdated.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.
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.