& Obedience Tips
Training your dog can be time consuming and frustrating
at times, but it's well worth it. Here are several tips that should
help things go much smoother and faster... plus reduce the frustration
both you and your dog feel!
"play training" where by the training tasks are made
into fun games and your dog's play drive is used as motivation.
There are a lot of really good books available on this type of
dogs can also be stubborn, so you may have to outwit them!
training your dog, you have to make him want to do what you want
him to. You can't make him do stuff unless it is fun. Otherwise
you are wasting both your time and his.
to make your dog's training so fun that it becomes his or her
favorite activity. This will make learning much easier and more
dogs love to play! You can make your dog the happiest just by
spending some time with them, giving your undivided attention
each day. Without this, your dog will feel ignored, bored, or
think they're in trouble. When this happens they're more likely
to chew, tear things up, and not listen to you.
are some tried and true tactics you can use to make your dogs listen
to you more:
When playing with your puppy, play at his level. If play is
encouraged at ground level, this builds your role as the dominant,
or "top dog", when you are standing and training your
puppy. If the puppy is allowed to jump up and initiate play,
then this can lead to unwanted jumping up as your dog gets older.
sure your dog always eats after you do. This is one of the easiest
ways to show your dog who is the boss. This is especially important
if you share your food with your dog, because if you let them
eat while you are, they could develop the habit of taking food
right off your - or someone else's - plate. You may need to
train your family to follow this rule too... and that could
be harder than training the dog ;)
confuse your dog by trying to use different words for one command.
One word commands work best, and they should always be consistent.
For example, when your dog gets on the lounge with you, say
"sit" and he should sit. Then if you want him to lay
down, say "lay" and he should do so.
note how well your dog seems to understand your command words.
Some dogs may not be able to distinquish between two words that
sound the same. For instance: "lay" and "stay"
sound very similar. With one of my own dogs, I've had to use
the word "sleep" in place of lay, in order for him
to understand me fully.
closing: no matter how well trained you think your dog is, he
usually has an attention span of seconds. So be careful not
to let him run away, because some dogs will simply keep going
and going as they find new things to chase.
keep your dog leashed securely when they're outdoors, unless
you have a secure fence. Beware though: Some dogs can actually
jump fences, even when you think they're high enough, and some
even climb trees too. And most dogs run much faster than any
human can so if your dog gets loose, it could be quite dangerous
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