Top Training Tips for Dogs
The quality of life
of any dog will be improved significantly by training.
Correct training should be seen as an owner’s basic responsibility
which will result in a bond and understanding that makes a dog a companion
Common to any type of training method adopted will be these three golden
Dogs respond better to what they perceive as positive reactions and
generous praise. Avoid overuse of negative commands, “No”;
“Stop” etc. adopt a more positive approach by praising his
good actions. Try to help the dog wherever possible by guiding him through
what you require and then offering generous praise or rewards when he
It is important to keep what you say, how you say it and what you mean
as consistent as possible, never assume dogs understand what you are
saying. If you allow your dog to do something one day, do not confuse
him by disallowing that type of behaviour on another day. Whatever rules
you apply it helps if you keep them consistent.
Dogs learn by “association of ideas” and will associate
certain of your reactions with pleasure or displeasure. If you think
it is great if your dog fetches your newspaper when it comes through
the letter box don’t get angry when next time what he delivers
is some soggy mail, remember it is all just paper to him.
Keep your commands short and clear and use your body language to make
your dog aware that you are talking to him.
Dogs do not understand words, they basically only understand sounds
and tones and this is what causes their reaction. It might be great
when your dog gets excited on hearing “time for a walk”
but don’t be surprised by the same reaction if he overhears you
saying “time for a talk.
amount of training your dog requires will vary and which method you
choose will depend on many factors,
• is your dog just a pet,
• will he be a working dog (hunting, herding, guarding etc. )
• is he being trained for a specific purpose (guide dog, rescue
simple or complicated the training regime you adopt it will greatly
benefit if it is underpinned by being positive, consistent and clear.
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