Secrets to Remember in Dog Training
by Ray Coleiro
training your dog please remember:
Do not punish the dog. Punishment is not a training aid. It does
little to foster willingness to learn and achieve. Limit yourself
to a firm “NO” and to using your hands to block the
dog’s negative actions. Refrain from hitting or physically
abusing the dog.
extreme levels of patience and persistence - never give
up; if you do, you are relinquishing your status as the dominant
one. The dog is bound by nature and genetics to test how far he
can push you or get away with disobeying you. You must display
a stern and stoic attitude and do not pat, praise, or reward the
dog if he does not pay attention or refuses to do as you have
asked. Only yield once your commands are followed. If you “heel”
instead of your “dog” then he will soon know who is
consistent in your training schedule. Always schedule a class
at the same time of the day and for a fixed period -your
dog will soon recognize that it is the time to learn and will
willingly come forward. During training, both coordination and
the trainer’s movements have a direct correlation to the
dog’s comprehension. So, if commanded “come”,
the dog must be gently guided towards the trainer by a helper
or by using a leash so that the pet realizes that “come”
means that he must go towards the master.
repetitive with each learning block until the trick/lesson is
mastered. Some lessons will be learnt quickly while others will
take a while. The pattern is different for different dogs and
varies from case to case.
rewards and praise as often as required. Praise should immediately
be forthcoming when a dog responds to any command. The pet will
associate responding to commands with praise/rewards (treats)
and will try and respond quicker to reap his rewards. Once a command/trick
has been mastered then the treats can be withdrawn. You will find
that obeying a command becomes second nature to your dog.
the lessons simple. To begin with, the lessons should be fairly
easy and such that the dog can complete it within two-three actions.
As his level of learning increases the lessons could be more complex.
Just as our children go, at first to play school, then to kindergarten,
and then to the first grade so also in the case of our pets.
the intelligence of your pet and allow him to think -use
his mind. Give time to your pet to figure out what is asked of
him. Do not try and help him complete the set task. If you do
so, the pet will allow you to do the work for him. If you display
patience, the dog will realize what you need him to do and he
will obey you directions.
the dog as you would a colleague/ student. You must, talk to your
dog explain what it is all about. Speaking to the dog while training
will ensure that the dog keeps his attention focused on you. He
will soon master the different tones used by you to give commands.
not plan long sessions -their attention span is short. Therefore,
short lessons are learnt better. It is recommended to have short
10-minute sessions repeated 2-3 times a day.
Whether you are a first time dog owner or a seasoned veteran,
your learning never stops as far as it comes to training your
dog. Each and every dog presents different training challenges,
and the more equipped you are to handle these training issues
the more likely you are to prevent any permanent and long term
future behavioral problems.
you are serious about your dog, and want the very best for her/him,
then you owe it to your best friend to get a copy of this FREE
Dog Training Mini-Course. You can still get it from here:
Ray Coleiro is the author of the popular book "Dog Training
Mastery - An Owner's Manual!" His main interest lies in promoting
effective Canine Communication using solid Dog Psychology principles.
To learn more about his proven Dog Training methods and life's
work, you can visit http://dogtrainingmastery.com/Dog_Training/dog-training.htm
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