Dog Training Guide!
March 24, 2021
Your dog instinctively seeks a master. If you show the patience and firmness needed for the correct training, your dog will let you be the boss. Start by shaping its behavior when it’s a puppy. The time to start serious training is when your dog can concentrate more, at about 6 months of age.
If possible, the same person from the family should be the trainer. Be consistent in your commands, voice inflections, rewards or corrections, and signals.
It’s all in the timing:
Dogs equate rewards or corrections with those actions happening at the time. To discourage a behavior, correct the dog immediately after the auction. If you wait too long, your dog won’t understand why you are upset with him.
Reward your dog frequently:
Food treats are the most effective training reinforcements. When you first start
training, reward good behavior often. As your dog becomes more proficient, you can taper off the food treats.
Praise your dog:
It is more important how you praise your dog than what you say. When praising your pet, use a happy, light-hearted tone of voice. For corrections, use a sharp verbal reprimand. Follow reprimands with a caress to give your dog a sense of security and assure
it that you are still friends.
Never use force:
A dog learns from the anticipation of reward, not from the fear of correction. Do not use a rolled-up newspaper or physical blows to correct your dog. You can pick it up by the loose skin at the scruff of the neck and shake it like a mother dog corrects her puppies. This won’t hurt your dog but establishes the fact that you are the master.
Keep training sessions short:
Puppies have a short attention span. Ideally, the training sessions should last 15-20 minutes a day. Try to practice in an area that’s free of distractions.
Don’t expect every training session to be successful. Remember, repetition is the only way a dog will learn. But if you keep your instructions clear, simple, and consistent, your dog will do its best to please you.
Have fun with your dog:
Schedule a playtime after every training session to show your dog your approval and that you appreciate its hard work. This will help to develop a trusting relationship, which is the foundation for successful training.