We all receive dog training advice from friends, family members, neighbors and even the internet. Our advice is to ignore the majority of it. It is all well intentioned, but receiving input from so many sources on how to train your dog will put you in a position where you are not showing consistency and will only serve to confuse you and your dog.
.. Only train your dog on one thing at a time. Bouncing around can confuse your dog and slow your progress.
.. Keep your dog training sessions short. We recommend working with your dog two to three times per day for no more than five minutes each time. Experiencing negative results during a dog training session because your have lost your dog’s attention is common and can prove to be counter-productive.
.. Make sure your expectations are realistic and show patience. Repetition and consistency are key.
.. Don’t become dependent on any gimmicky devices such as clickers for dog obedience training or squirt bottles for dog correction training. A clicker is used as a marker to teach the dog that they have been successful and that a reward is on the way. You can use a verbal marker instead so that you don’t have to find your device to perform your dog training.
.. Use play, when possible, while you are working your dog training sessions.
.. Most dog training command words should only be said once. You do not want to become that owner that we all know who has to say sit over and over and they still aren’t sure that their dog is going to respond.
.. When using the command words, don’t shout. When you shout at your dog, you become just another barking dog in their eyes. You should be able to give all obedience commands to your dog in a normal voice.
.. Your dog reads your body language much better than a human does. If your dog is going to enjoy learning, you need to be calm and assertive during dog training sessions and when you address them with dog correction commands. Use your energy and stature to help communicate with your dog.
.. Pay attention to your dog during dog training sessions. If they are showing fear, stress or nervousness, stop what you are doing and re-evaluate your methods. A quality relationship between you and your dog is dependent on mutual trust and respect, not fear.
.. Every walk that you take with your dog can be a training exercise. Your dog should be taught to focus on you during the walk. A walk should be at a good pace and should be interesting for your dog. Keep your rules simple – your dog should be at your side, paying attention to you and not pulling on the leash.