Here are five tips on how to train your dog successfully:
To avoid your dog getting confused and so that they can learn to recognize commands easily we encourage all family members to attend training with their dog. With all members of your dog’s family present, everyone will learn the same commands and your dog will understand them from everyone in the family.
You should use positive reinforcements. If the dog does something good, you should reward this behavior so that he will know that what he did was right. If the dog cannot understand or follow your commands, never punish him. Dogs will make mistakes. What you should understand is that they won’t easily understand your commands in just one teaching, it takes repetition to train a dog successfully. Do not scold your dog as he might develop fear which will hinder his learning and willingness to be trained. When young, we encourage lots of positive reinforcements by treating often in very small amounts to keep your dog’s motivation and focus!
In executing commands, you should keep your voice high & cheerful so that the dog will happily follow your commands. Using a low voice is for corrections and if you shout out loud, he may become startled and unresponsive.
Train your dog in various places. If you keep your dog in a certain place like your home, he will not be able to adjust with various environments; new people and other animals. Take him to the park or through the neighborhood. This will help your dog associate with other dogs and people. Always be sure you have a properly fitting collar and 6 foot leash to maintain complete control of your dog in case you encounter a stressful or scary situation.
Last, but not least; don’t be afraid to reach out for help! Our trainers are very experienced in handling dogs for a multitude of situations, from being a great companion, to competing worldwide, therapy dogs, and almost everything in between! If you have a specific concern, please ask us how we can help. A well trained dog is a happy dog!