The easiest way to assure a successful, lifelong adoption is to remember the importance of training your dog. Dogs don’t train themselves. They aren’t born with good manners. They rely on us to help them understand what we expect of them and what behaviors are not acceptable. A common misconception people have is that their dog will be well trained once they spend an hour, once per week for eight weeks in a dog training class. This is not what these classes are for. The classes are to train us, so we know how to train our dogs. The rest is just patience, consistency and having the right tools. Training helps build strong bonds between people and their dogs.
Enroll yourself in a beginning class if you have never trained a dog before. Remember not to be disappointed if your dog doesn’t pick up on a command right away. Every dog is different and many breeds have a shorter attention span or a higher energy level so learning is done at a different pace, just like children! Try to remember training your dog should be fun!
Be Positive–It is important to use positive reinforcement when you train your dog or puppy by offering treats and a lot of praise if he performs something correctly. Dogs thrive on praise. We always suggest you raise your voice and “have a party” when offering praise.
Tone of Voice –When you give commands such as heel and come, you want to use a happy, friendly voice.Generally you will use a calm, firm voice for sit, down, and stay.
Never Rub Their Nose in It – It’s an old school method to rub your dog’s nose in his accident or swat him with a rolled up newspaper. This is not an effective method of training a dog.The only thing you will teach your dog is to be afraid of you. Will your dog want to come to you if he thinks you are angry and going to stick his nose in a mess?
Be Patient– Patience is key when you work with your dog or puppy. If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope before you’ve even started, it’s not the right time to train your dog. The best time for training is after exercise, when a little of your dog’s pent up energy and enthusiasm has been spent.
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 has successfully done the command a few times in a remember to offer lots of excited praise. After the dog training session, spend some time playing again. He will associate time with you as positive and anticipate his training.
No Distractions -Try to pick a quiet spot free of distractions when working with your dog in-between classes.A secluded back yard or an inside room works best. If there are other pets in the family, separate them to another room so they won’t interfere with your training.