Rules You Need To Follow When Training Your Dog

Training your dog can be an easy task if you know some key rules to follow when you are first starting out.  Every activity needs to have some rules, following which will make your session more
productive.

These rules are more like tips and tricks that are told by experts who train
dogs as an occupation and know these tricks of the trade in order to make their jobs
easier and more productive. Follow these rules to ensure your training session proves
productive and you are not left flustered and frustrated after the session is over.

  • While training your dog, always keep the leash on. This will allow you to regain
    control if your dog feels hyperactive and starts running around the place.
  • Always keep the treats and the whistle on hand so you can use them whenever
    the need arises.
  • Give your dog some time to rest before the practice sessions so that he is not
    drained out before the practice.
  • Always be patient with your dog and practice every day. Your dog will need
    ample time to learn a trick so do not expect him/her to learn it all in one or two
    days. Dogs need a lot of practice in order to master a trick so let them have that
    time.
  • If your dog is unable to learn a trick, there is a good chance that the problem lies
    with your training technique and not their ability to train. Analyze your training
    technique to find out where you are going wrong and correct that.
  • Make sure your dog is pest-free. If he has fleas or any other pests in his fur, it will
    seriously hinder his ability to behave and/or learn anything during the training
    sessions.
  • If your dog is a family pet, make sure one family member trains him instead of a
    different family member training him every day. Dogs require consistency and
    this is mainly why one specific family member should do all the training as it will
    keep the dog from getting confused.
  • Make sure the commands you give are simple to understand for the dog. They
    basically focus on our body language so you want to make sure your body
    language corresponds with the words you are using. The commands you give
    should always be single-worded so that it is easier for the dog to understand.
  • If your dog fails to understand what it is you are asking of them, gently place
    them in the position and say the command when they are in the position,
    followed by a treat and loads of praise. This will allow them to make the
    association between the command and the action.
  • Do not allow any stress, excitement or even humor to get reflected in your voice.
    All your commands should be given in a clear and firm voice.

Most of all, always try and end the training session on a positive note by showering your
dog with praise and hugs so the dog looks forward to the next training session instead of
dreading it.

These rules and a lot more dog training tips can also be found in The Smokey Dog Co.’s new Dog Obedience Training book now available on Amazon.  Click here to check out our Dog Whistle and accompanying Dog Training Book.

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