What are you going to teach, and how are you going to teach it?
Training Your Dog Tip One
When training your dog, try to look find ways to reward the correct behaviors or click here, rather than just punishing the wrong ones. Sometimes it may be best to ignore the wrong behavior, as in some cases the dog will only have made a mistake because you allowed it to, or never taught the exercise correctly in the first place. Find something other than yourself that your dog finds very rewarding, and where appropriate, use it in his training.
Don’t forget that what you consider to be a good reward may not necessarily be something that your dog considers to be one, so use something that the dog has already demonstrated to be very important to him.
Training Your Dog Tip Two
NEVER test your dog by trying to make it do more than it is capable of doing, and then punishing it for getting the exercise wrong.
Training Your Dog Tip Three
Always show consideration to other members of the public when out with your dog. Not everyone is as fond of dogs as we are, and it is up to the responsible dog owners to show the non-dog owning public, the anti-dog lobby, and the irresponsible dog owners that we are not all bad. Also, remember to show consideration for other members of the dog training class if you attend one.
Not all the dogs in the class may want to be harassed by your dog, and by allowing your dog to investigate a dog that doesn’t want to be investigated, you may cause that dog to react badly, especially if that dog is only a puppy and your dog is much larger or very boisterous.
Training Your Dog Tip Four
Training Your Dog Tip Five
Use a suitable toy. This may sound obvious, but too many dogs are injured by sticks damaging eyes or spiking throats, or becoming lodged in dog’s mouths. Small balls and stones often get swallowed, as do conkers, and they can make dogs very ill by fermenting in the dogs’ stomach. Remember, what you consider to be a toy, and what your dog considers to be a toy can be two very different things.
Training Your Dog Tip Six
Training Your Dog Tip Seven
Training Your Dog Tip Eight
Extending leads are not very suitable for normal heelwork training, but can be useful in helping teach a dog to come when it is called, so if you normally use one, bring it along as well as your normal lead.Chain leads can snap quite easily, and if wrapped around the hand can cause serious injury, so should be avoided. You can of course use a harness or a head collar if you wish. You will also need at least one suitable toy, as discussed earlier, and some of your dog’s favorite food treats.
Dogs generally prefer savory to sweet and will work harder for higher valued treats than they will for their dried food that they are given a whole bowl full of every day. Favorites tend to be anything smelly, such as cheese, or bits of sausage, ham, or chicken. Ideally use several different types too, as you may find that the dog might reject some foods offered in a given situation in favor of others.
Training Your Dog Tip Nine
Training Your Dog Tip Ten
Try to always finish each training session with a play session. That way the dog will come to associate work with a pleasant experience. Too many owners say that they can’t find the time to train their dog, but could tell me exactly what has happened in all the soap operas, or the latest football results, or who they bumped into in the pub.