Dogs are some of our best friends and most loyal companions, and many of us can not imagine our lives without a dog in it. Owning a dog is a commitment though, and part of responsible dog ownership involves training. Dog training does not have to be unpleasant, and with a few tips both you and your dog can have fun and learn at the same time.
Tips for Dog Training
One of the most important tips to learn, before training your dog is to always reward good behavior. It does not even have to be edible, a scratch behind the ears and praise will also reenforce a dog’s good behaviors. Showing consistency is also important when training a puppy, since dogs learn from repeated patterns of behavior. Other helpful tips include,
* Keep lessons short, especially with training puppies. Dogs have extremely short attention spans, and can only remember small bits of new information.
* Use short, simple words. Dogs can easily learn simple commands, but not when they are used in complete sentences.
* Continuously repeat previously learned tricks and commands to help keep them current and fresh with your dog.
* Do not get upset if you have to repeat a lesson, it is natural for a dog to occasionally forget a previously learned command.
* Break longer more complex lessons down into several smaller steps.
Using several smaller lessons works especially well when first beginning to leash train a dog. While the SPCA does not recommend a specific leash, they do suggest choosing a style that is comfortable for both you and your dog. Dog leashes are available in several different styles, including a training leash that is specially designed to help improve your dog’s ability to follow basic leash commands.
Some of the more popular dog leashes include the head halter which is helpful when trying to prevent excess tugging and pulling while on a walk, and the stretchable leash which is perfect for longer, less populated walks.
Patience is Always Rewarded
Dogs are eager to learn and they love to make us happy, which is one of the main reasons they can be so fun to train. Not only is it an important part of pet ownership, it will also help to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
With clear and concise commands along with patience and consistency, you and your dog can have a happy and emotionally healthy relationship for years to come.