Give prize for good behavior
Give concentration to good behavior
Do not give award to unwelcome behavior
Do not punish pleasing behavior
Never punish your dog without any reason when you call it.
Don’t let your dog ignore a command
If you are not serious about enforcing a command, don’t give it
Give importance to proper use of timing
Don’t blame a sick dog for misbehaving – get a veterinarian examination to rule out medical problems
break off the behavior pattern you want to change
For a well behaved pet fulfill your dogs basic needs
Basic need 1 constructive social interaction
Basic need 2 proper exercise
Basic need 3 the need for safety and security
Basic need 4 food, water, shelter
Your dog is learning something every time you interact with it, make sure you’re always shaping and conditioning good behavior
People lead the dog follows
Enforce commands that you give
Make corrections short, sharp, and well defined
Training drills lead to dog skills
Name a behavior and you will have some control over that behavior, associate words with your dog’s actions
Rewards increase a behavior
Punishment suppresses behavior – it doesn’t necessarily eliminate it
Food should reinforce a behavior not control it like a command
Use timing as a form of communication
Keep a training goal for each training session
To be able to get and maintain an orientation response (your dogs attention) is very important to maintaining control
Awareness of the dog is necessary to solve problems and to maintain control.
Self awareness is necessary to learn how you affect your dog
Dog training is a lesson in self control. If you can’t control yourself don’t expect to effectively control another being.
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
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
Don’t nag your dog
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
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.
Don’t use your dog’s name as a reprimand or with a correction. Your dog’s name should always mean something “good”.
Make “good” and “no” part of your dog’s daily vocabulary.
If you cannot control your dog with your presence (persona), try keeping the dog on a leash when you need the dog to behave
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!
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
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.
End your training sessions with something the dog does
Shape complex behaviors, don’t try to teach the chain of behavioral events all at one time
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.
Once your dog knows the training drills you can work the dog for longer periods of time
If you are using a slip collar be sure it is put on properly
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
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
It is easier to prevent undesirable behaviors than to correct them
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
Dogs do not know what is good or bad behavior they Just know that certain behaviors have certain consequences
Be persistent, be more stubborn than your dog
Give clear consistent, distinctive communication
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
Often fear or stress elicits an emotional response which is incompatible with learning new behaviors
Praise your dog for doing good at least twice as much as you correct the dog for misbehaving
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Informal training and practice is as important as formal training drills. — Integrate training into your daily routine.
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.
To teach “No” use the command when something unpleasant happens. Give the command “No” right before or during the unpleasant stimulation
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
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.
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
At the start of every training session begin by reviewing a previously learned exercise.
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.
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
Avoid the use if hitting as a common correction for the dog
For your safety and your dogs, dress appropriately. Proper footwear is important. High heels are out. Comfortable footwear with good traction is ideal.
Don’t train the dog after the dog eats. You do not want to train your dog on a full stomach.
Give your dog a chance to relieve itself before training. Dogs don’t work well when they need to go potty.
Avoid games that teach undesirable behavior such as tug of war, which can teach dogs to bite at clothes, leashes, carpets, pillows etc
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.
Dogs communicate through vocalization, body language, scent, and touch, incorporate these element into training your dog
After your dog is proficient at performing basic behaviors in your neighborhood start working the dog in three new areas a week.
To get better control of your dog, the human should initiate and terminate interaction, such as play, praise, walks, etc
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.
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
Work with your dog’s basic nature and breed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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)
Both positive rewards and negative rewards have a positive outcome
Train one behavior at a time
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.
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.
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.