Training Tips

Pay Attention

Always listen to what your dog is telling you. If they seem to be unhappy or uncomfortable then don’t force the situation. Fear can lead to aggression so forcing a dog into a situation they are uncomfortable with can be bad news.

Positive Reinforcement

People are typically very quick to punish a dog when they’re unhappy with what they are doing but it is common for the good things they do to go unrewarded. This is a mistake because dogs learn best from positive reinforcement. It is important to give your dog a lot of positive attention when they’re doing something right. Don’t be afraid to give your dog praise.

Is That Really A Treat?

It’s the job of the treat companies to sell you treats. Remember that just because the packaging says dogs like them doesn’t mean that your pet will. Pay attention to what they like and reward them with a treat they enjoy rather than one they could care less about.

Be Specific

It is okay to tell your dog “no” but sometimes a dog needs a more specific command. If your dog jumps on people when he meets them try telling him to “sit” rather than telling him “no”. A more specific command will tell the dog what to do instead of leaving them trying to find out what they’re doing wrong.

Stay Consistent

It is important to have everyone on board when you are training a dog. If everyone uses the same command for the same action then your dog will learn that command, but if everyone uses a different word then how will your dog ever know what to do when asked?

Be Realistic

Training your pet will take time. Remember that the longer you have let your pet have bad habits, the longer it will take to change those bad habits. It will also take longer to change things that the dog does naturally, like bark and dig. Training is most effective when a dog is a puppy but it is never too late to start training. Just remember that it may take time.

Only Reinforce Behavior You Want

People often reinforce bad behavior without even realizing it. If you get annoyed with your dog for barking and put them outside then the dog will most likely bark every time it has any desire to go outside. Same goes for throwing a ball. If your dog brings you a ball and barks at you until you throw it then that dog will bark every time it wants something. If you ignore the barking or ask the dog to do something before you throw the ball then you will disassociate barking from the dog getting what it wants.