Dog Training Tips
6 Principles of Successful Training
Apply the same rules and the same words all the time.
Give your command just once. Repetition of commands teaches your dog to ignore them because it sounds like you don't care if he obeys or not.
Reward your dog for being right. Give him a treat, verbal praise, or an ear massage.
Don't give a command unless either you are confident that your dog understands and will respond to it correctly or you are in a position to help him get it right.
Have a leash handy in case your dog does not come to you when you call him.
Because your dog is your friend and your training partner, keep your voice upbeat and smile at him. Dogs are sensitive to our tone of voice and body language, so use both to let him know that you will be so happy when he does what you ask him.
When choosing treats for training, keep in mind that they count as part of your dog's diet - they add calories, and if your dog has dietary restrictions due to allergies or health issues, the treats shouldn't violate those restrictions. Whatever you use, keep the pieces very small. The point is not to feed your dog but to reward him. Treats should be soft and easy to chew so that he doesn't have to stop training to chew.
Some dogs are allergic to specific items, such as certain protein sources, gluten, or grains like wheat and corn, so they should only be given chew treats that are free of those allergy triggers. Read the ingredients list of any treats you give your four-legged friend to be sure that you are doing your best to help keep him both happy and healthy.
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