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

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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This Pug really knows alot of great tricks!

Teaching your dog basic obedience skills and fun dog tricks take a lot of patience and consistency.

Check out this adorable Pug and the tricks he has learned with his owner.  My favorite part in the video is when he responds to his owner saying “I love you!” You can tell he really loves his owner and enjoys their training time!

To learn how to train your dog with basic obedience skills like sit, stay, down, come, stop barking, and drop it make sure to check out one of our new Dog Training Books now available on Amazon.  You also get the added bonus of a dog whistle to help with instilling the new tricks you and your dog learn.

How to Teach Your Dog New Stunts


Every pet owner knows the feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment when they teach their dog new tricks. It is incredibly fun and exciting to watch your little doggy obey your commands and perform numerous tricks like playing dead, rolling over, jumping hoops, or shaking hands. But, of course teaching a dog tricks isn’t exactly an easy task. It requires great dedication, effort, patience and time from your end. That’s why in today’s article, we will share a few tips on how to teach your dog some new stunts:

Get All Essential Equipment Ready

When it comes to teaching your dog new stunts, you need to get all the essential equipment ready. These can include a collar, a training leash, possible a dog whistle, and some special treats to keep your doggy intrigued during the teaching process. At the same time, try familiarizing your dog regarding the purpose of the equipment. This will make it easier for him to understand what the collar and training leash is for and will motivate him to perform his best.

Start with Some Simple Commands

Before teaching your dog some new tricks, ensure he understands and is completely familiar with basic commands like lie down, stay, come, and sit. Otherwise, it may be difficult to teach your dog tricks that are a little more complicated and tough. Remember, you need to start small and then work your way up to impressive tricks. Not to mention, if your dog has hard time paying attention, you also need to teach him how to look at you during a command.

Know What Motivates Your Dog

What does your dog respond best to, toys, food, or attention in general? Once you figure out exactly what ‘currency’ will work best with your dog, you can leverage that to your advantage and teach and him to obey your commands. Think of it as a tool that you can utilize during your dog training regime. Therefore, consider testing a few toys and preparing different types of treats, until you find something your dog absolutely loves and admires (except for another dog of course).

Choose a Trick You Want to Teach

Now, that you have taught your dog the basic commands and have all essential equipment ready, all you have to do is: select a trick you want to teach. However, make sure the tricks you choose are compatible with the personality and the abilities of your pet. This is where determining the breed of your dog comes into play. For example, you can expect a miniature-schnauzer to do the tricks a German shepherd can do. Nevertheless, you can choose some safe tricks like jumping hoops, skipping, or playing dead.

Work in Short, Repeated Sessions

Last, but not the least, always make sure to work in short, repeated sessions where all you focus on is one trick! Repeat the same trick until your dog gets the hang of it and always make sure to give some special treats to boost your dog’s motivation levels. This will help in keeping the classes positive!

So, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, teaching your doggy new stunts won’t be a problem.

DIY Dog Behavior Training Tips

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Dogs can be our best friends and also our worst enemies sometimes. One day, they will be all loving and nurturing, the other day they will bark your brains out (literally). This is what makes it imperative to train your dog regarding how to behave properly. Otherwise, an untrained dog is more likely get on your nerves because of their actions.

But, keep in mind it isn’t actually their fault, as dogs see the world in a childish manner. Therefore, it’s your duty as a pet owner to ensure your dog gets the proper behavioral training necessary to cope with his emotions and behave in a decent manner. So, follow these dog behavior training tips below and get your dog to finally behave properly:

Listen To Your Dog

When it comes to behavior training, it is imperative that you first learn how to listen to your dog. Keep in mind that dogs have feelings too and you can’t just boss them around and tell them what to do all the time. Therefore, if your dog displays signs of being uncomfortable when meeting another person, dog or animal, don’t insist that he say hello. Keep in mind that your dog is telling you that he is feeling a certain way for a reason and you should respect that rather than reacting negatively and forcing the issue.

Start with Basic Commands

Once you have learned to listen to your dog, it’s time you put your attitude in place and try staying positive and motivated when teaching your dog basic behavior tips. Remember, showing your dog that you have patience will be rewarded with loyalty. So, once you have your attitude set, start off by common grammar of training – the elementary commands, like: “Sit, Stay, or Come”. This way, your dog will be assured you are in control and will start obeying your commands.

A Little Positive Reinforcement

Dog behavior training doesn’t mean you keep at it all day and leave your dog with no freedom whatsoever. This means, avoid focusing on only punishing your dog when he makes mistakes and get your dog to do what you want by consistently rewarding his good behavior. This is especially imperative during potty training, as simply punishing him when he unloads in the house is not enough. You need to take him outside, show him the right way to do things, and upon receiving good feedback, motivate your doggy with a few yummy treats.

Be Consistent in Your Training Efforts

Last, but not the least, behavior training requires you to be consistent in your efforts. Therefore, get as many family members involved as possible to help with the training, especially when you aren’t around. Keep in mind that a sudden gap during the training regime could lead to your dog forgetting the basics and behaving the same way again. Therefore, if you want to prevent that from happening, show your dog that you’re in charge and establish yourself as a good leader by being consistent with the training.

Use some helpful tools

Sometimes when training your dogs you may need some added tools to help with instilling the obedience you are looking for.  Using a good dog whistle and/or clicker can be helpful if you use the right strategies with them to enforce the training.  Finding a good dog training book or manual can also be helpful.

So, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, training your dog with the proper behavioral techniques won’t be a problem.