Basic Dog Training Tips

Having a well-trained dog makes life safer and more pleasant for both of you. When you train your dog, you don’t have to worry about her running off and not coming back when called. You don’t have to deal with her jumping on guests to greet them. If you’re going to start working on teaching your dog commands, keep the following dog training tips in mind.

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Focus on the Positive

One of the most effective ways to get your dog to follow commands is by rewarding her when she does what she’s supposed to. This builds up a positive association with the command in her mind, and she’ll be more likely to obey it. You can use treats, praise or play sessions as rewards, but make sure you do it right after she follows the command. If you wait too long to reward her, she won’t learn that she’s getting something good for doing something good.

Don’t Reward the Negative

When your dog does something she shouldn’t do, be careful not to reward her unintentionally. For example, if she jumps on you to get your attention, turn your back to her until she calms down. If you do start interacting with her, even to reprimand her for jumping, you’re giving her the attention she wants.

Be Consistent

Your dog will become easily confused if you change the way you give commands. Keep commands consistent as far as what distinctive cue you use and how you say it. Let other people who will be around her know how you give commands, so they can do the same when they’re interacting with her.

Change Locations

Many owners will spend the time and effort training their dog in one room of the house only to find that when they change rooms their dog will not follow the same commands. This is because most dogs will associate what they have learned (and the treats they earned) to the setting she was in. Always train in various places throughout your home and outside. Remember to be consistent with your commands and training techniques wherever you are.

Be Patient

This is one of the most important dog training tips to follow. Dogs learn at their own pace. Some pick up on commands much more quickly than others. If your dog is among the slower learners, be patient with her. Never yell or hit her for doing the wrong thing. She’ll eventually figure out what she’s supposed to do and start doing it consistently.

Training is Ongoing

Training is a constant, ongoing process. Once you have gotten your dog to the point you want her to be at, remember to reinforce the training you’ve worked so hard at. If you start slipping up and stop maintaining the control you have developed, you can quickly land back at square one. Stay patient and explore more advanced training such as new tricks or agility to keep things fun for both of you!