You may not be aware of it, but you’ve been dog training your pup from the very first moment you got her. For example; each time you use her name or call here girl and she comes running, she is learning the command. You just may not have used the word come on a regular basis so she is not able to make the connection.
Sometimes the difference between a playful pooch and a miserable mutt comes down to how well the dog was trained. No one appreciates a pup that jumps on them when they walk through the door or when their friends and relatives come to visit. And there are the safety issues to consider. What if your dog accidentally gets away from you? Having her well trained could mean the difference between being hit by a car and her safely by your side.
So how do you go about dog training your dog?
Well, many owners find, for everyday living, the basic commands of come when called , sit and lie down and the ability to walk plesantly on a leash and of course the all important housetraining is all they ever really need.
For others, after the basics are mastered, they want to venture into the more advance trainings of; novice obedience training, agility, canine good citizen, tracking etc. to either broaden their dogs skills or want to explore the exciting and challenging world of competition to gain exposure and titles.
Whether you are looking for the basics or more advance, you have the choice of dog training your pup completely by yourself or you can choose to go the route of a professional trainer either privately or in group sessions to show you how to teach your dog.
If you choose to start dog training yourself
It is really not that hard. With the right tools and techniques, patience, persistence and consistency, you and your dog can master dog training quiet easily. To learn about the basics, read basic obedience commands to know the steps and words used for some of the most common commands. In this article on house training, you will learn how to teach your dog proper house manners and potty training.
Here are some helpful tips from professional trainers to achieve success in dog training:
- When first starting out, keep your attention focused on your dog, the training and the environment.Be alert to anything that might threaten, confuse or distract your dog and she will learn that training time is safe and helps build her confidence.
- Have plenty of dog treats on hand to use as rewards. You can use commercial dog snacks or biscuits and if that does not grab her, then pieces of hotdog or cheese will do. The pieces do not have to be large, just a little taste will due. Some dogs aren’t motivated by food, so playing with their favorite toys for a while makes a good reward also.
- Your voice is a welcome reward; use your most cheerful voice in giving praise when she is doing something right. This way, eventually you can wean her off the treats each time you use a command, she will soon understand that vocal praise means she has done what was expected of her.
- Keep training times short and sweet. Practice often – around 2 to 3 times a day, but for no more than 5 -10 minuets at a time. Dogs, like small children have short attention spans and any longer, you run the risk of her getting stressed or bored becoming an unwelcome chore for both you and your dog accomplishing nothing.
- Keep your cool never lose your temper. If you feel yourself starting to get angry or frustrated because your dog is not catching on right away stop and take a break from training. Play with your dog for awhile or take her for a walk. If you yell and scream when she has done something wrong, your dog will start to get stressed and associate training times as negative or punishment and will become uncooperative and therefore not very teachable.
- Never force a dog to do anything. Dog training time should always be positive and considered fun for you and your dog. Your dog wants to please you, to spend this time with you. Just give her a chance the key is patience!
- Teach one command at a time. At the start of the next training session, review the learned command, and then move on to the next one.
- Choose one command and stick with it always. Don’t say sit and then later start saying sit down. You”ll confuse her and start receiving poor results.
- Say a command once, don’t repeat a command. You”ll be teaching your dog that she can wait until you say the command several times before she has to react. The only exception to the rule would be when you are introducing a command for the very first time.
- Always reward good behavior. It is what keeps your dog motivated to learn.
- Always keep this in mind. It is easier for a dog to learn good habits than it is to unlearn bad ones
- End each and every dog training session on a happy note.
- Take time to play, particularly after a training session. Your dog needs the playtime with you to release all that pent up energy and reinforce to her that training time is a fun time.
What training tools are needed?
The right dog training equipment makes all the difference between success and failure. With the proper (dog training collar) and( leash), these tools are the other way you will communicate with your dog. Another training tool commonly used called the clicker is gaining huge popularity due to, in a large part, the effectiveness of the clicker.
Should you go with professional training?
You might decide to seek outside help if you find you have tried yourself, but you do not feel you are have much success. Or your dog is having serious behavior problems that you canï¿½t seem to put an end to on your own. If any of these situations relate to you then enrolling into an obedience group class or a private trainer might be the way to go. Read about professional obedience training to learn the pros and cons on each of them, and which one is best for you.
The more advance training you can do
- After successfully mastering the basics, there are more advanced training you and your can do as a team to expand your skills and for just plain old fun! These include:
- Dogs who demonstrate the basic skills, as well as walking reasonably well on a leash and few other minor tasks, can be tested and earn the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen title.
- With Agility training your dog can learn how to negotiate obstacles for agility competitions playtime at home.
- With tracking your dog will learn how to follow a scent and track competitively for tracking titles.
- (Fly ball) is a fast, competitive relay race where teams of four compete against each other to see who is the fastest.
- There is a new sport that has opened up for dogs of all breeds and mixes called (free style dancing) where you choreograph a dance routine for you and your dog to perform together.