Introduction to Dog Training – General Information
training needs a kind heart as well as a cool and well-informed
– Konrad Most
If you own a dog you want him to be a civilized companion. A dog
that hasn’t been given any instructions, training, or boundaries
can’t possibly know what you expect of him. By teaching your dog
how you want him to behave, you’ll not only have a saner household,
but a healthier and happier dog as well because a trained dog requires
fewer restrictions. The more reliable your dog, the more freedom
he can be given.
A successfully trained dog can be taken anywhere and behave well
with everyone – the earlier you train and make lifestyle rules the
easier your dog will be to handle and the fewer problems you will
have. Additionally, if you do encounter problems, you will be much
better able to resolve them. Training greatly facilitates and enhances
the relationship of your dog to you and to the rest of society.
The fundamental rule of dog training is to be clear and consistent
in the words you use
for commands and in your rules for appropriate behavior. Effective
communication is necessary to instruct your dog about what you want
him to do. And, the single most important aspect of training is
rewarding your dog for good behavior. The more times the dog is
rewarded, the quicker he will learn. Therefore, it’s essential that
you set up situations repeatedly in order for your dog to get plenty
of practice at doing the right thing. In addition, you’ll want to
praise your dog for good behavior instead of taking it for granted.
It’s easy to forget to praise good behavior because it goes unnoticed.
Praise and reward are the most important part of maintaining good
behavior and preventing problems from arising.
Universal Tips for Successful Dog Training
– Use your dog’s name to get his attention. Do this randomly 10
times a day. Never call your dog to you and then punish him.
– Always enforce commands that you give, and don’t constantly repeat
commands. Don’t let your furry friend ignore a command. If you’re
not serious about enforcing a command, don’t give it.
– Use timing as a form of communication with your animal. Timing
is one of the key elements of canine education. It does not matter
what teaching method you use, work at developing the proper timing
for each technique.
– Reinforce desirable behavior. Use rewards and praise. Don’t ignore
Do not reward undesired behavior. Never punish undesirable behavior.
Don’t blame a sick dog for undesirable behavior. Have a veterinarian
examine him to rule out medical problems.
– Do not punish desirable behavior. For example – when your puppy
eliminates outside, you take him inside and then leave him alone.
If the puppy wants to be with you, you will have just punished the
pup for doing the right behavior.
– Timing is critical to successful training. Praise your dog whenever
he is doing something right. As expected, reprimand him on the spot
and to the point whenever he misbehaves or fails to response to
your command. Praise and reprimand that happen later will have no
effect on your dog. Connect the action (your praise or correction)
to the event.
– Interrupt the behavior pattern you want to change. Make corrections
short, sharp, and well defined. Name a behavior – associate words
with your dog’s actions.
– Dog training is a lesson in self control. Control yourself and
you’ll effectively be able to control your dog.
– Never punish your dog if you’re mad at him. Put him away and come
back to training when you have a clear head and can fairly administer
Basic Dog Training
1. Functional obedience. Be well-mannered and respond to basic
commands such as sit, down, stay, come, no, heel, etc.
2. Housetraining. Puppies do not soil the house out of spite or
because they are stupid; they soil the house because they have not
been taught to do otherwise. After your dog has the idea of what’s
expected of him, you can teach him to signal you when he needs to
go by barking, going to the door and scratching, or even ringing
4. Kennel or Crate training for car rides, airplane travel, overnights
at the veterinarian, and housebreaking.
3. Socialization. Good manners when he’s around children, adults,
and other dogs.
4. How to behave during nail trimming, brush and combing, bathing,
5. Problem prevention and problem solving. Teach him not to jump
on people, eliminate phobias and fears, separation anxiety, destructive
chewing, excessive and annoying barking, aggression, submissive
urination, car chasing, etc.
6. Leash training. As his owner, you’ll need to know how to hold
a leash, and how to use
a leash for obedience training, casual walking, and off-leash freedom.
7. Traveling. Teach your dog not to fear car rides and how to behave
in a car.
Advanced Dog Training
2. Dog Sport Training. Flyball, Frisbee, Canine musical freestyle,
3. Schutzhund (obedience, tracking and protection).
4. Tricks just for fun. Fetch, roll over, take a bow, shake paws,
5. Hunting, bird dog retriever training from basic obedience through
advanced field training, etc.
Miscellaneous Dog Training information
The two most popular training styles are leash/collar training
(hard training) and reward training (soft training). However, there
are many styles of dog obedience training – for example clicker
training, eclectic, lure, play training, reward, or a combination
of methods and techniques. Keep in mind there isn’t any one training
approach that is right for every dog or every dog owner.
Various types of equipment are used for dog training: collars,
harnesses, halters, training leashes, crates, doggy doors, and more.
Different dog breeds have different physical, mental, and emotional
Dogs are very sensitive to facial expressions, body language, posture,
and eye contact. Learn how to make your tone match your body language.
Classes and formal instruction training sessions include: Basic
obedience, advanced obedience, show dog conformation, trick training,
agility, guarding and protection, guide dogs, military dogs, hunting,
basic and advanced problem solving and more.
The Bottom Line:
The easiest way to have training be a joy for both you and your
pooch is to build it into his everyday life. Make the sessions fun
because you want the time spent training to be the most fun your
dog has with you, not the time he dreads.
Lots of praise vs. corrections – at least 2 to 1. If your dog is
confused, go back to something he does well so that you can praise
him. Put him away and try again later.
Don’t train when you are in a bad mood and try to keep training
sessions short. Such as 10 – 15 minutes, 1 or 2 times a day, 4 or
5 days a week. Always end on a positive note.
Your dog’s entire world rests on his ability to get your attention.
He wants you to notice him, so whatever causes you to pay attention
to him is what he’ll do again and again.
Your job, as the dog’s owner, is to essentially trick him into
thinking that something is fun to do. Successful dog owners have
companions that are well-mannered, love nail trimming, bathing,
grooming, walking on a leash, etc., because they’ve “tricked” them
into thinking it is the most fun in the world.
A well trained dog�
1. Has good manners, so he can spend most of his time indoors with
2. Allows you to handle every part of his body for basic grooming,
checking for injury or illness, and give him medication.
3. Wants to stay near you, listening for instructions and praise.
4. Will walk or run beside you on a leash without pulling, dragging,
or strangling so you and he can get more exercise and spend more
5. Knows phrases that mean business, and will respond accordingly.
6. Will “sit” immediately, simply because you say so.
7. Understands his boundaries, knows what’s expected of him and
has fewer anxieties. Less stress means a healthier dog.
8. By training your dog, you can help prevent problems and develop
a better relationship with him.
Obedience training fulfills some of your dog’s basic needs such
as exercise, the security of knowing what’s expected, a feeling
of accomplishment, and constructive social interaction. Obedience
training will give your pet a job to do and can be useful in redirecting
some of the mental energy of an animal that was meant for work.
It’s important to start dog training as early as possible, so your
dog can learn good manners now before he has the chance to develop
bad habits, and it helps you to bond faster. The more you train
him, the more he will understand you. And the more you work and
play with your dog, the more you will understand him. Enjoy your
friend and keep a sense of humor.
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