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.
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