Enrolling your dog in a dog training class can be a great way to improve obedience, but not everybody has the time (or funds) to take their dog to a professional. Fortunately, any owner can train their own dog; all it takes is some time, research, and patience. As you embark on the experience, there are some important tips to keep in mind.
DO Stick to One Command at a Time
Focus on teaching your dog one new command at a time; generally, it's best to stick to one command per half-hour training session. Introducing several new commands in one session can confuse your dog.
DON'T Finish a Session on a Bad Note
You want your dog to see training as a positive, enjoyable experience. Therefore, you should always end it on a positive note for your dog--even if you're feeling frustrated or discouraged. Reward your dog at the end of a session with a treat and some verbal praise.
DO Reward Your Dog Immediately
When your dog performs a command properly, praise him and give him a small treat immediately to ensure that your dog associates the praise with his performance of your command. Waiting even a few seconds to reward your dog can be too late.
DON'T Allow Others to Intervene
When you train your dog, the idea is to teach him that you're the one in charge. Therefore, if others offer to assist you in your training, it's typically best to politely decline. Otherwise, your dog could get confused over who the "boss" is and be less likely to obey you, which is the exact opposite of what you want!
There's a lot to keep in mind when you're looking to train your own dog, but the results are more than worth the effort. For more information, contact us.
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