Be Positive -- It is necessary to use positive
reinforcement when you train your dog or puppy by offering some dog treats and a
lot of praise if he performs something correctly. During the initial training
sessions you can offer both verbal praise as well as treats. Remember, this is
Firm and Friendly -- When you give commands such
as heel and come, you want to use a happy, friendly voice. On the other hand,
you will want a lower, firmer voice for sit, down, and stay.
Start YoungÖ-- The ideal
time to start training begins at six to eight weeks, maybe even earlier
depending on the puppy. But remember, itís never too late to teach a dog a
Donít Rub His Nose in It --Though it may be
tempting to rub your dogís nose in his accident or swat him with a rolled up
newspaper. Punishing your dog is not really a desired form of dog training. The
only thing this will do in the end is teach your dog a serious problem--to
become afraid of you. Do you think your dog should come over as you call if he
thinks you are simply going to whack him or stick his nose into the carpet?
Be Patient -- Patience is key when you work with
your dog or puppy. If you feel like youíre at the end of your leash before
youíve even started, donít attempt to train your dog. Your dog is incredibly
smart and will pick up on your emotions. Remember, this is fun!
Keep it Short -- Fifteen minutes or so is about
the right time for learning simple commands, so focus on a single command a
session and end it on a positive note. If your dog or pup has successfully done
the command several times in a row remember to lavish him with praise. After the
dog training session, spend some time playing. He will associate time with you
as positive and anticipate his training.
No Distractions -- Try to pick a quiet spot free
of distractions when training your dog to do tricks or commands. A
secluded back yard or an inside room works best. If there are other pets in the
family, put them up so they wonít interfere with training.
And Remember, This is Fun!
-- Dog training, of course, should be a pleasant time for you and your dog. The
time can be used to bond closely with your dog and learn each otherís
personalities. When you do this, you will not only have a well-trained dog or
puppy, but a longtime, loyal companion and friend.