Basic Training Tips

Basic dog training tips:

Be Positive - It is necessary to use positive reinforcement when you train your dog or puppy by offering some dog treats and a lot of praise if he performs something correctly.  During the initial training sessions you can offer both verbal praise as well as treats.

Firm and Friendly - When you give commands such as heel and come, you want to use a happy, friendly voice.  On the other hand, you will want a lower, firmer voice for sit, down, and stay.

Don’t Rub His Nose in It - Though it may be tempting to rub your dog’s nose in his accident or swat him with a rolled up newspaper.  Punishing your dog is not really a desired form of dog training.  The only thing this will do in the end is teach your dog a serious problem--to become afraid of you.

Be Patient - Patience is the key when you work with your dog or puppy. If you feel like you’re at the end of your leash before you’ve even started, don’t attempt to train your dog. Your dog is incredibly smart and will pick up on your emotions.

Keep it Short - Fifteen minutes or so is about the right time for learning simple commands, so focus on a single command a session and end it on a positive note. If your dog or pup has successfully done the command several times in a row remember to lavish him with praise. After the dog training session, spend some time playing. He will associate time with you as positive and anticipate his training.

No Distractions - Try to pick a quiet spot free of distractions when training your dog to do tricks or commands.  A secluded back yard or an inside room works best.

And Remember, This is Fun!  - Dog training, of course, ought to be a pleasant time for you and your dog. The time can be used to bond closely with your dog and learn each other’s personalities.  When you do this, you will not only have a well-trained dog or puppy, but a longtime, loyal companion and friend.