Dog Training Can Be Fun and Rewarding
27 February, 2012
I know, from past experience, that training your dog can be time consuming and take a lot of effort. However, it is important to do so and can be done in a positive and fun way. Both you and your dogs will be much happier because of it and it will last the duration of your dog’s life.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Good communication is important when training your dog. Be consistent and clear. Use the same tone of voice, body language, correction methods, and rewards each time you train your dog. If you learn to read his or her body language, you will know when he is too tired to continue training or when he has the energy to go on.
PRAISE AND AFFECTION
Opt for praise and affection as a reward instead of so many toys or too many dog treats. It does work to give dogs treats for good behavior. However, it’s unlikely that you will carry treats around every single day for the rest of your dog’s life. Good behavior can be rewarded with petting and hugging, which are two great treat replacements.
I am really well trained!
MODIFY THE TRAINING
Modify and update your dog’s training as necessary, so your pup remains in compliance with the rules. People think that just because their dog has been trained once, that is all they need. However, pets are creatures of habit. It’s important to be consistent with the rules for your dog.
CALL YOUR DOG BY HIS OR HER GIVEN NAME
A wise tip in positive dog training is to always call the dog by his or her name rather than using any nickname or other deviation. To have some good control over your dog, a solid, consistent response is crucial. Practice calling your dog’s name and letting him respond at least ten times a day. Never call your dog over to you in order to punish her or him. And always use the same name.
CRATE TRAINING CAN BE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
You can use a few tricks when crate training your dog or puppy. If your dog is nervous about the crate, put a toy or treat inside to motivate him to go inside. He will smell the bone or see the toy and will want you to let him in there to get it. Give your dog some praise when he gets inside, so that being in the crate becomes a positive experience.
Remember that training your dog is about establishing a set of rules you can both live by. When these rules have been set and they are consistently followed, you and your dog will enjoy your time together even more. Make your dog stay on top of what he has learned and pay attention if he or she relapses in his training. Once your dog understands all the basics, you can then challenge him or her to even further tricks and training. Good luck!