Tips To Dog Training

You brought home a new dog and you decide you want to teach your dog the basic training of commands to tricks and tasks.Tips To Dog Training

In order to achieve the results you want it is critical to understand the few real keys to dog training, whether to teach the command to sit, stop barking, train your dog to come when called, or any other behavior and develop the long lasting bond between you and your dog.

First Key – Win Your Dog’s Mind

The first key is simple: you must win your dog’s mind. Without accomplishing this step first, you will be continuously struggling. What I really mean by winning your dog’s mind is that your dog looks to you for making all the decisions.

Training your dog is easy if you know how. But you need to know what you are doing. Before you do anything else you need to learn how to establish yourself as the pack leader.

If you do not establish yourself as the pack leader then you are setting yourself up to fail. For example, if you are at a critical point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and just do their own thing. You may have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however, if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dog’s mind.

Second Key – Motivate Your Dog

Motivate your dog is the second key to success. It’s very important that you discover what it is your dog enjoys in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of reward by changing it from dry biscuit to a piece of bacon or chicken. Try to make the experience enjoyable…by doing so, you will achieve more and look forward to the training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, or swimming out into the water and retrieve, and some dogs simply love obedience training. Find out what your dog love and help them cultivate this, basically, what I am saying is work with your dog. The point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.

Three main rewards are:

1. Food – anything from a dry biscuit to a piece of chicken or sausage!
2. Affection – pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
3. Toys – games, throwing a stick or ball, chasing your dog…!

Your dog will always work hard if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure you use affection when your dog does well.

Simple tips you should always follow if you want to use food reward:

1. Always vary food rewards
2. Do not give food rewards every time
3. Never let your dog know what the reward is
4. If your dog does not come the first time, do not give them the reward

Third Key – Achieving Perfection is Practice!

The third and the last key to success is to learn how to encourage behavior close to what you want. This is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate your dog and then show them what it is you want and there should be no need for any negative training!

The Online Dog Trainer website by Doggy Dan has amazing videos that show you the 5 Golden rules to establish yourself as the pack leader.

Thank you for reading this article, if you have any questions or comment please leave them below.


32 thoughts on “Tips To Dog Training”

  1. Wow, this breakdown is so helpful. I’ve been looking at getting my very first puppy but the biggest question for me is how to get him/her trained. I never really understood how people kept their dogs attention. Most of the dog owners I know have zero control over their pets and I really don’t want that. Thanks for the informative read!



    1. Hi Helen, 

      I’m glad you found this article helpful. The training most people are not taught is become the pack leader. Without this in place, it will be very hard to get your dog trained. You can take a look at the link from this post and decide if this is for you. I hope by the time you decide to get your puppy you already understand how to be the pack leader.

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you stopping by.

  2. I agree completely with you. Establishing yourself as the packleader is the first and most important thing you need to do when getting a dog. If a dog does not see you as his/her leader it is going to be very hard to teach it anything.
    When this is acheived all you need to do is to make your dog understand what you want it to do and it will obey you.
    Like you mention, rewards are also a great thing to use when training a dog. A dog who is enjoying him/herself when training is eager to learn.
    Thanks for a good post.

    1. Hi Jojo, 

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. You know exactly what is required to successfully train a dog.  

      Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate you stopping by.

  3. I own an Icelandic dog for many years, man what a missed him!
    So I always weak for reading training pages for dogs plus other.
    I like your post a lot. It´s a lot of great ideas. And I absolutely agree with you about the dog’s mind and motivations. But too, I want to stress my opinion that you should never ever punish the dog. You need to let him know if he does wrong things, for sure. But not punish him.
    One advice I have to add if it´s ok. And that is, the dog is part of the family, it will always be it. And that is why it is so important that all in the family area agree what it is allowed and what not. Like children. Because if person A says this and person B other, it confuses the dog and he doesn’t know, and will not know, what is ok.

    1. Hi Johann, 

      I am assuming you lost your Icelandic dog? I am sorry for your loss. I do agree that each member of the family need to understand and learn the training so that messages the dog recieves are not confusing him/her. Doggy Dan does not use the traditional method of training or punishment. He uses only the gentle and kind method. I hope this helps. 

      Thank you for your comment and for checking out my site.

  4. It never occurred to me to win my dog’s mind and I think that is an excellent concept — certainly makes sense when trying to let the dog know who is in control…! I also love the idea of toys as a reward. I knew about snacks and affection, but providing fun toys, and knowing what the dog would like to play with, could make all the difference!

    1. Hi Amy, 

      Yes, it does. Working with your dog by using snacks, affection and toys you make training fun for you and your dog. Winning your dog’s mind first makes training easier. I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  5. Great website! Your blogs are informative and provides an insight I knew nothing about.

    I love how you offer resources, actually used the tips on my dog…we have along way to go with the training, He and I.

    The layout is great and the content is informative. I think you need a few more pictures and its perfect.

    1. Hi Lathera, 

      I’m glad you found this blog informative. I give credit to Doggy Dan who provides all the resources to help dog owners with any issues they may have with their dogs. 

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  6. Hi there,

    Great article, I’ve found it very useful!
    I have two big dogs and OH boy I needed this article to help me solve a few problems.
    Both make me crazy when I go out with them. My dogs don’t listen to me, and they pool me wherever they decide to go.
    However, in one world I don’t have any control over them at all!
    My dog’s favorite snack is chicken. So I will take this with me next time.
    Just a question, please. How many time do I have to train my dogs per day to see a quick result? Oh, and how many hours per day as well?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Daniella, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful. I can see you have your hands full. To answer your question, every dog varies. According to Doggy Dan training is necessary almost all the dog’s life with a few days of easing off the training depending on how well your dog does. And if you find that your dog is slipping back to whatever you don’t want him to do then you need to work with him again to get him where you want him to be. To get quick results you have to be pack leader and they have to you as the pack leader otherwise you will continue to struggle. I can only recommend you take a look at the 5 Golden Rule videos to learn how to be the pack leader…It’s only $1 for 3 days trial. You can cancel the before the end the 3 day trial if you choose not to continue the subscription. Just scroll down to the link. I hope this helps.

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  7. I enjoyed reading your article on training dogs, the steps makes sense and you must do them in the proper order for this to work I am sure. Great tips, many dog owners are controlled by their dog instead of the other way around.

    I have owned dogs all my life, love them with all my heart. Some breeds are more difficult to train, you have any thoughts on how to handle a stubborn dog

    1. Hi Jeffrey, 

      I’m glad you enjoyed this article and found the information helpful. Training a dog takes time especially the stubborn ones. I just recently brought home a rescue pup, chihuahua, short coat mix, about a year old. His name is David. Sometimes it can get be frustrating and feels like he’s being stubborn as I work with him. I know it’s going to take a little time with him and patience. I recommend learning the 5 Golden Rules which helps us understand our dogs and how to work with them. Here is where you learn how to be the pack leader and then how to  train your dog.

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  8. Great tips on how to train your dog. I would add one, recognize your loved fur baby is canine, not a human so their instinctual behaviors are different, hence the need for the human to be pack leader. We can watch a pack of dogs, or easier yet a mother with her pups and see corrective discipline is rapid, but not harsh, there is almost no pain involved with a nip on the back of the neck, hence when establishing ourselves as pack leader, rewards are most important but a tap, not a slap, on the back of the neck with our finger tips and a forceful bad dog voice is all the discipline you will ever need. Love our fur babies treat them well and they will be our partner for life.

    1. Hi Robert, 

      Yes, you pretty much hit it right on the nose Robert. It’s important to recognize our canine as dogs and not humans which is why so many dog owners have issues with their dogs. And when you extablish yourself as the pack leader you need to work with your dog as a dog. But in a calm and gentle method. Love your dog!

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  9. Great advice! I can see how the first step to win the dog’s mind is very important. If you don’t establish yourself as the leader then you won’t be able to command your dog to do anything.

    I like how you broke down the training in three steps and explained them in an easy way to understand. My wife and I have talked about getting a puppy for the last year, but don’t feel like we have the time to train and give a puppy the attention they need. Hopefully in the next year we will be able to get a puppy. I’ll remember your advice.

    Thank you for these helpful tips!


    1. Hi Weston, 

      I’m glad you found these tips helpful. When you decide to bring home a puppy I hope these tips will help you.

      Thank you so much for your comment. 

  10. This is exactly the information I’ve been looking for! I too, have a dog that has ‘selected deafness’ but I realise now that perhaps I’m not telling her what I want her to do properly. I’m going take these tips and put them into practice and see if my ‘little minx’ can understand me better! Thanks for the information – really useful

    1. Hi Alison, 

      I’m glad to have given you some information that can help you with your dog. I hope these tips will help and give you some control with your little minx’.  As mentioned in the post you really need to set yourself up as the pack leader to succeed in your training. There are other tips throughout this website that may be of help to you. 

      Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by. You have a great upcoming weekend!

  11. Very nice article and I’m so with you on establish a ‘pack leader’ mentality as I see so many owners out walking their dogs with very little control over them, even on a leash. It’s quite frustrating to stop and talk to someone only for their adorable little pooch to jump up over you and get your nice clean clothes dirty!

    1. Hi Del, 

      Lol! Besides getting your clothes dirty I’ve been scratched and bruised by a puppy I brought home recently. He’s getting better though. But I understand what you’re saying. 

      I’m glad you liked the article and thank you so much for your comment.

  12. You have really great tips for dog training. I thoroughly agree with the First Key and making yourself the pack leader. Do you think that it is important to make everyone in the family the leader of the dog? I feel like I’ve seen dog training problems come up when the dog becomes confused about who to listen to or when one or more members of the family do not follow proper dog training techniques.

    It’s unfortunate when people don’t dedicate time and energy to training their dog and then just give them to a shelter or leave them on the side of the road (it’s a huge problem here in Arizona!)

    Thank you for sharing all your tips and insight!

    1. Hi Jen, 

      Yes, it is important that each member of the family learn to be the pack leader so that your dog does not get confused. I recently brought home a couple of pups (1 & 2 yr-old) and am working with them. Also helping my husband learn the training methods so he can become the pack leader too. And if there are children at home they need to learn to become the pack leader as well. Doggy Dan, the professional dog trainer recommends children also be included in the training as a pack leader. Less confusing for your dog. I hope this helps answer your question. 

      Thank you so much for your comment Jen. And you have a great up coming weekend!

  13. I found this article helpful as I have two Pomeranians and a Beagle pup. I trained my babies with treats. How to shake, sit, lay down, etc.

    The problem I have is with my beagle. When she is outside, she won’t listen. I know she is a hunting dog and her nose is always to the ground, but I still wish she would listen.

    Do you have any tips on how I can train a hunting dog to listen? Treats don’t work unless she is in the house.

    1. Hi Kathy, 

      Beagles are smart animals but because are hunting dogs they can have a behavior pattern that can be destructive as a little member in the family. Indoors your little beagle may do well by your training but outdoors he may become distracted, do some sniffing and not pay attention to you. Best recommendation is to learn to become the pack leader. Doggy Dan, the professional dog trainer recommends learning the 5 Golden Rules to help dog owners with their dogs, just click here and scroll down the page and click on the link. It’s only $1 for a 3 day trial. Watch the videos and cancel before the 3 day trial ends if you decide it’s not for you. I hope this helps. 

      Thank you for taking the time to read this content.

  14. You are so right. My Bella is not a treat eater when it comes to training so I use affection and she does whatever I want her to do, but if I raise my voice those commands go out the door. So I have to be a cool headed pack leader at all times. My question is whether or not old dogs can be trained. I am curious to hear your opinion. Thank you for the great article!

    1. Hi Karl, 

      Thank you so much for commenting. It’s great to hear that your Bella is an awesome pet. Training an old dog? A common phrase you hear is ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. Well, that’s not true. In the website The Online Dog Trainer, all types of dogs are trained whether they’re old, young, small or large. Size and age does not matter. I hope this answers your question.

      Thanks again for taking the time to view my post.

  15. Great info! I have 2 dogs and it has been really interesting to see that each one is more or less motivated by different things. They are both SUPER motivated by treats and food. But aside from that, one is more motivated by petting/affection and the other is more motivated by play time, especially fetching. I’m glad you outlines some precautions when using food as a rewards system!

    1. Hi Kiersten, 

      I’m so glad you found this post informative. It’s great how your dogs are doing so well. 

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article and comment.

  16. I really love your site. And this post is so great because you emphasize the importance of your dog seeing you as the pack leader. If you do not establish this fact, the dog will only listen when it wants to. I used to have a Search and Rescue dog and we started training her by using food treats, but soon, just finding the person she was looking for was enough to make her happy. Mainly because most of her outings were trainings and not actual searches, so the person who volunteered to go hide for her was always glad to give her a lot of hugs and petting when she found them. I suppose this would have been different if she had gone on more searches and found victims that were not able to respond to her.

    1. Hi Linda, 

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this article. Your comment is interesting. Every dog is different. Some dogs are happy when they are rewarded with food treats while others are happy just by recieving loving affection, pats or even a ball. You said you used to have a Search and Rescue dog. What happen to her?

      Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it.

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