Top 5 Dog Training Tips

Top 5 Dog Training Tips

Consistency is very important when it comes to dog training. Remember dog’s don’t do grey areas. They don’t like inconsistency either because they won’t know what you expect from them. If you sit your dog at a door and follow you through the door, this needs to happen with all doors. If here means come and sit in front of you, it has to be that way all of the time. Heel means walk next to me on a loose leash all the time. When you are teaching a behavior you need to consistently reward that behavior so the dog will want to repeat it. Behavior / Reward behavior reward. If you are not consistent the dog will not repeat the behavior.

Practice – I am sure you have heard “practice makes perfect”. The more you train with your dog the better they will be. Set certain times during the day or evening for 15 minute practice training sessions with your dog.

Praise – When your dog is doing it right let them know. Verbally praise them and or stroke them on the back of the neck or on the back.  Praise is a reward which can include touch and or talk. You don’t work for free don’t expect your dog to. Once your dog starts doing great, put him or her on a variable reward schedule.

Interrupt Unwanted Behavior – If your dog is jumping, barking, digging, nipping,  they will continue with those behaviors until you make it uncomfortable so they stop. Dogs do these behaviors because they are bored, lack exercise or seeking attention. If your dog lacks exercise, exercise can solve your problem. Sometimes a squirt bottle can interrupt unwanted behavior.

Patience – You must be patient! Don’t expect your dog to “get it” right away it takes time. Even when they start understanding the command don’t be surprised if they revert back.

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Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Tips

6 Tips Before You Start Training Your Dog

These 6 training tips will help you before you start a dog training program

1. Get everybody on-board – Make sure you and other family members use commands consistently so your dog doesn’t get confused. Also, make sure family members aren’t unintentionally rewarding unwanted behavior and that everyone is on-board with training the dog.

2. Train when your dog is in the right state of mind – Puppies can have short attention spans, so train her in an area without distractions and choose a time when she’s not overly energetic or excited. If the training session is not going well, try exercising her for a short time or quit and try again a little later.

3. Start simple – Start with simple commands such as Sit or Here to help build confidence, then slowly move on to more difficult commands. Teach one or two commands at a time until he or she has it down, then reinforce the mastered commands as you teach new ones by finding ways to work them into your dog’s daily routine.

4. Use what motivates your dog – Luckily, most dogs are motivated by food which makes things a lot easier for us who are doing the training, but don’t forget dogs are also motivated by affection and praise. At Value Dog Training we use more praise or non food rewards.

5. Be in the right mood – Always work with your dog when you’re relaxed and in a positive frame of mind. If you’re tired or in a bad mood, you can become frustrated or impatient, which is not good for you or your dog. Yelling at your dog or using punishment while training is counter-productive and will cause your dog to distrust you.

6. Use the right tone of voice – It’s important to use the right tone of voice for different commands. Use an upbeat and energetic tone of voice when giving commands that are active, such as Here. Use an authoritative tone of voice when training passive commands that require some restraint, such as the Sit, Wait or Down commands. Dogs also love animated praise and sometimes react just as much to the tone of what we’re saying as the actual words themselves.

We would be more than happy to help you with these 6 dog training tips or any dog training issues you might be having with your dog! Contact us at 916-201-7080

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