Whenever someone asks me if I love dogs, I usually respond by saying that I love dogs, and I detest dogs. The ones I love are the ones that have had some training; the ones that are obedient, and a pleasure to have around. The ones I don’t like are those that believe they can do whatever they want, whenever they want.
Let us also not forget that just as with some people, some dogs are born with a bad attitude, and only good dog training can correct that. Some dogs also develop a bad attitude when they’re growing up, and it is almost always due to a lack of training. If you’re looking online for the best dog obedience training videos you can visit this review of doggy dan the online dog trainer.
Every single dog I have owned since I left home at the age of 19 has been well trained, to the point where countless people comment on it. None of my dogs have been to training classes either. Instead, I’ve trained them at home, and I can assure you that it is far easier than you think. So, here are 10 easy-to-follow dog training tips you can begin using today:
1. Learning to Listen – Yes you want your dog to listen to you, but please, you also need to listen to your dog. You dog can’t speak to you, so learn how to understand what their body language is saying. If for example your dog is clearly uncomfortable when it comes into contact with other dogs, you need to try and respect your dogs’ feelings and take it as a sign that you need to put more effort into socializing him or her.
2. Show Fido Plenty of Love – You should always show your dog of plenty of love and affection, but it is even more important to do so when he or she is doing something good; something you want them to do. Don’t only reprimand for bad behavior. When they do something right, let them see just how pleased you really are.
3. Wonderful or Terrible – When it comes to food and treats, take note of what your dog likes and doesn’t like. You don’t have to spoil your dog, but try to respect the fact that dogs have personal tastes as well. Just because a label says a product is irresistible, your dog may not agree. Try to give your dog good quality food that they really do like, and the same applies to treats.
4. Let Him Know What You Want – Dogs are intelligent, but they are not too good at stringing ideas together, and neither can they read your mind. You need to make every effort to let your dog know what it is you want him to do. Quite often, a single word command like “No” fails to get the message across.
5. Consistency – If your dog cannot sleep on your bed tonight, then it can never sleep on your bed. If it is not allowed to jump up on you today, then it is not allowed to jump up, not ever. Being consistent with your rules is extremely important.
6. Don’t Expect Too Much – No matter how clever or how smart you think your dog is, always remember that he is still only a dog. Dogs can learn certain things in no time at all, but it can take weeks or even months to learn other things. This is especially true if you are trying to teach them not to do something which they have always been allowed to do.
7. Avoid Hitting – Hitting a dog is really not something you want to be doing. Dogs learn quickest when they associate training sessions with happiness; affection and treats, not when they associate training with being hit.
8. Reward, Don’t Bribe – If you tell your dog to do something, and it obeys you, then by all means go ahead and give him a reward. However, never bribe your dog to do something. Bribing does the exact opposite of training.
9. Don’t Reinforce Bad Habits – Reinforcing bad habits is an easy mistake to make without even being aware of it. For example, you taught Fido to fetch his ball when you throw it and to bring it back to you. Now he has grown to love this game, so he brings his ball to you while you are relaxing in the garden, and he starts barking to let you know you must throw it. You pick it up, and you throw it, and in so doing you have just taught him that if he starts barking you will throw his ball. Soon you get tired of it, so you stop but he just keeps on barking until you throw it again. Now you’ve also just taught him how valuable persistence can be. Either ignore the barking or make him do something else if he wants you to play with him.
10. Never Train In a Bad Mood – If you are feeling irritated if you have had a bad day, rather leave training for another time. Dogs are very perceptive animals, and they can immediately sense if you are angry, and if they think you are angry, they themselves become anxious and nervous which makes it difficult for them to pay proper attention.