101 Dog Training Tips

101 Dog Training Tips

Tips 1

Give prize for good behavior

Tips 2

Give concentration to good behavior

Tips 3

Do not give award to unwelcome behavior

Tips 4

Do not punish pleasing behavior

Tips 5

Never punish your dog without any reason when you call it.

Tips 6

Don’t let your dog ignore a command

Tips 7

If you are not serious about enforcing a command, don’t give it

Tips 8

Give importance to proper use of timing

Tips 9

Don’t blame a sick dog for misbehaving – get a veterinarian examination to rule out medical problems

Tips 10

break off the behavior pattern you want to change

Tips 11

For a well behaved pet fulfill your dogs basic needs

Tips 12

Basic need 1 constructive social interaction

Tips 13

Basic need 2 proper exercise

Tips 14

Basic need 3 the need for safety and security

Tips 15

Basic need 4 food, water, shelter

Tips 16

Your dog is learning something every time you interact with it, make sure you’re always shaping and conditioning good behavior

Tips 17

People lead the dog follows

Tips 18

Enforce commands that you give

Tips 19

Make corrections short, sharp, and well defined

Tips 20

Training drills lead to dog skills

Tips 21

Name a behavior and you will have some control over that behavior, associate words with your dog’s actions

Tips 22

Rewards increase a behavior

Tips 23

Punishment suppresses behavior – it doesn’t necessarily eliminate it

Tips 24

Food should reinforce a behavior not control it like a command

Tips 25

Use timing as a form of communication

Tips 26

Keep a training goal for each training session

Tips 27

To be able to get and maintain an orientation response (your dogs attention) is very important to maintaining control

Tips 28

Awareness of the dog is necessary to solve problems and to maintain control.

Tips 29

Self awareness is necessary to learn how you affect your dog

Tips 30

Dog training is a lesson in self control. If you can’t control yourself don’t expect to effectively control another being.

Tips 31

If you’re mad at the dog, put the dog away and come back to training when you can fairly administer training techniques – Do not punish a dog just because you are mad at It. Do not punish your dog to get even with it. Revenge is not one of humanities higher qualities

Tips 32

When walking your dog on leash, keep the leash loose. A tight leash can elicit a counter pressure response and teach your dog to pull

Tips 33

Don’t nag your dog

Tips 34

Don’t give your dog more than one command at a time (conflicting commands or combined commands which are incompatible). Dogs have a hard time laying down and coming at the same time

Tips 35

More than one person should not give conflicting commands at the same time. A dog has a hard time coming to two people at opposite ends of the room.

Tips 36

Don’t use your dog’s name as a reprimand or with a correction. Your dog’s name should always mean something “good”.

Tips 37

Make “good” and “no” part of your dog’s daily vocabulary.

Tips 38

If you cannot control your dog with your presence (persona), try keeping the dog on a leash when you need the dog to behave

Tips 39

Be consistent! – use the same word for the same behavior each and every time, Don’t let the dog jump sometimes, don’t let the dog get away with undesirable behavior once in a while because it’s cute. Be Consistent!

Tips 40

All the people in the household should be handling and training the dog the same way, using the same commands. This is part of consistency

Tips 41

Thorough socialization during your puppies first 4 months of life is the most important thing you can do to help develop a secure, happy, friendly dog, and prevent aggression problems.

Tips 42

End your training sessions with something the dog does

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Tips 46

Shape complex behaviors, don’t try to teach the chain of behavioral events all at one time

Tips 47

Training sessions should last 15 minutes twice a day for dogs 8 months or older, 5 minutes three times a day for puppies under 4 months and 5 to 15 minutes (10 minutes) two to three times a day for pups in-between.

Tips 48

Once your dog knows the training drills you can work the dog for longer periods of time

Tips 49

If you are using a slip collar be sure it is put on properly

Tips 50

Don’t use command words that conflict with each other, that tell the dog to do something you don’t want, or that reprimand it for doing the right thing

Tips 51

Don’t punish your dog after the fact, if you don’t see the dog performing the undesirable behavior don’t use a social correction

Tips 52

It is easier to prevent undesirable behaviors than to correct them

Tips 53

Dog ownership is a wonderful place for people to learn about acceptance. Accept the essence of YOUR DOG, your dog’s basic nature. Your dog’s behavior is perfectly normal for your dog, don’t expect your pet to understand like a human, act like a human, or be human

Tips 54

Dogs do not know what is good or bad behavior they Just know that certain behaviors have certain consequences

Tips 55

Be persistent, be more stubborn than your dog

Tips 56

Give clear consistent, distinctive communication

Tips 57

Once your dog is performing a behavior nicely, start to restrict the criteria for earning reinforcement. So the dog has to work harder or longer for the reward or even for less of a reward

Tips 58

Often fear or stress elicits an emotional response which is incompatible with learning new behaviors

Tips 59

Praise your dog for doing good at least twice as much as you correct the dog for misbehaving

Tips 60

Using a command to get your dog to respond is not always enough. You should always make a command credible by using the proper body language

Tips 61

If your dog is confused or indicates it does not know what a command means in the current training environment go back and work on it. Re-teach the behavior, until the dog understands the command means the same thing now as it did when the dog performed it well in the past

Tips 62

Be confident when training your dog. If you are hesitant or unsure of yourself, your body language, tone inflection, and how you handle the leash will communicate this to the dog. A lack of confidence will make the dog feel less secure in your abilities and judgment. It will also affect how much your dog trusts that you can handle a stressful situation and this will place the dog under extra stress. When under stress without clear leadership a dog may think it needs to exercise more control for the good of the group (pack). The dog might think it needs to make decisions and you will be happy to follow. You need to lead, the dog follows

Tips 63

Practice the band theory. Three people are playing in a band, one makes a mistake, and if they all stop everyone knows they made a mistake. If they keep playing like nothing happened very few will even know about it. If you make a training mistake keep playing, be aware of the mistake, and try not to make it again. Learn from your mistakes, that’s what they’re for.

Tips 64

Don’t compete for dominance. Just be dominant, there should be no question. Competition for dominance usually occurs in the mid-management level of the dominant- subordination hierarchy. You should be the Commander-In-Chief, your dog is a very privileged private

Tips 65

Be fair to your dog, but be firm. Make sure the dog understands what you want and make sure the dog does what it is suppose to do

Tips 66

Repetition is a big part of training – drills equal skills. Structure the environment in a way that prevents your dog from disobeying commands when practicing off leash training and during informal training. Don’t give your dog a chance to learn it can disobey off leash.

Tips 67

Informal training and practice is as important as formal training drills. — Integrate training into your daily routine.

Tips 68

To teach “good” use it with food, play, and praise. Give the “Good” reinforcer right before the dog gets the food or while the food is in the dog’s mouth, not after the dog swallowed the food. Use the same timing for praise and play.

Tips 69

To teach “No” use the command when something unpleasant happens. Give the command “No” right before or during the unpleasant stimulation

Tips 70

If you only pay attention to your dog when it misbehaves, you might be unintentionally rewarding your dog’s bad behavior. Try looking and seeking out opportunities to praise and reward your dog for being good. Otherwise your dog might seek your reprimands of “No” “No” “No” as praise. Since this could be the only attention it gets, It can’t tell the difference, between praise and a reprimand

Tips 71

Your dog will find it easier to understand you if you use tone inflection properly. The tone inflection of your voice is important when giving a command, giving praise, or when giving a verbal reprimand.

Tips 72

It’s your job to make it so your dog’s motivation come from it’s desire to interact with you and other members of the pack (family) work at building the relationship

Tips 73

At the start of every training session begin by reviewing a previously learned exercise.

Tips 74

If your dog has any desire to play fetch – at the end of your formal training sessions play retrieve for up to five minutes. This is a great reward for a lesson well done, it also teaches some important fundamental social and training skills, not to mention focusing the dog to an appropriate chew toy.

Tips 75

When playing fetch, put the behavior of retrieving on command. Have the dog bring the toy to you and teach “drop” or “give” on command

Tips 76

Avoid the use if hitting as a common correction for the dog

Tips 77

For your safety and your dogs, dress appropriately. Proper footwear is important. High heels are out. Comfortable footwear with good traction is ideal.

Tips 78

Don’t train the dog after the dog eats. You do not want to train your dog on a full stomach.

Tips 79

Give your dog a chance to relieve itself before training. Dogs don’t work well when they need to go potty.

Tips 80

Avoid games that teach undesirable behavior such as tug of war, which can teach dogs to bite at clothes, leashes, carpets, pillows etc

Tips 81

If at all possible crate train your puppy or dog. Crate training can be useful for preventing or working through housebreaking problems, separation anxiety, chewing and barking problems, as well as giving the dog a safe and comfortable place to rest. The most important reason for crate training a dog with none of these problems is to give you more control and authority not to mention teaching the dog to trust your judgment and to be calm, relaxed, and quite in a small area, such as it might encounter at a veterinarian hospital.

Tips 82

Dogs communicate through vocalization, body language, scent, and touch, incorporate these element into training your dog

Tips 83

After your dog is proficient at performing basic behaviors in your neighborhood start working the dog in three new areas a week.

Tips 84

To get better control of your dog, the human should initiate and terminate interaction, such as play, praise, walks, etc

Tips 85

The humans should decide when an exercise is over. An example is if you tell your dog to sit, don’t let the dog decide when it’s time to move. You need to be aware that you told the dog to sit and it is your responsibility to release your dog with a “release” command.

Tips 86

II you want your dog to listen to you don’t TALK TOO MUCH! If you talk all the time, why should your dog pay attention to you when you say something? It’s just a bunch of noise

Tips 87

Work with your dog’s basic nature and breed

Tips 88

Building a relationship with your dog takes effort, Just like any other relationship. Like other relationships it’s the time you spend together that cements the bond of the relationship. Try to include your dog into your lifestyle; it’s working together that makes you a team, or a well honed pack.

Tips 89

Your dog should have total trust in you. Your dog should believe if it does what you ask no harm will come to it, so even if the dog is afraid it will respond and trust your judgment. Trust is also important for a good reliable recall. You do not want the dog to lean away from you when you reach for it.

Tips 90

If your dog leans away from you when you reach for it, the dog is telling you it does not trust you 100% To improve the relationship and the recall, work at counter conditioning this avoidance response.

Tips 91

Underlying every behavior is the intention of a positive outcome; your dog will make the best choices available to it. Teach it what the right choice is.

Tips 92

Don’t assume every problem with your dog is a problem with the dog trying to be dominant over you. This is usually not the case. More often it is a case of fear or mistrust, or improper handling. Out of the cases where it is a problem with dominance, it is usually a mid management struggle where the dog knows it is under the humans, but not so far down the hierarchy it can’t argue about or go around human decisions.

Tips 93

It’s the accumulative affect of the decisions you make which lead to accomplishing your goals (of a well behaved dog). Do you consistently make the decision to overcome inertia? Do you make the dog perform after you tell it to, or do you let it get away with doing its own thing and ignoring you?

Tips 94

When setting training goals prioritize what behaviors you would like your dog to perform and what behaviors you would prefer your dog not display. When you get control of the top three on each list you should be much happier with your new better behaved companion.

Tips 95

Complement your dogs behavior or activity level with the opposite. If you have a very active dog try being very calm. If you have a lethargic dog and you would like it to be more up, try being happy, excited, and active. If you have an old dog, don’t force activity beyond the dogs’ ability.

Tips 96

When practicing drills (once the dog has some understanding of the drill) go in the opposite direction the dog wants to go. Accentuate the dogs mistake. (Mistake of the situation)

Tips 97

Both positive rewards and negative rewards have a positive outcome

Tips 98

Train one behavior at a time

Tips 99

To better understand and solve training or behavior problems keep a record of the day, time, and behavior (also good for medical issues) list what happened just before and during the incident, along with these notes you may also want to note if anything has changed or been out of the ordinary for a few days before the problem. Don’t overlook handy recording devices such as tape and video recorders.

Tips 100

There is a rhythm to everything. There is a rhythm to a trained dog and there is a rhythm to an untrained dog, a rhythm to learning desirable behavior and a rhythm to learning an undesirable behavior. By recognizing the wrong rhythm we can begin to develop the right rhythm.

Tips 101

you can thank yourself for your dogs good behavior as well as it’s undesirable behavior. To a large extent you have the power to control what kind of dog you own.