So where do you start with dog training?
By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger,
Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a well mannered dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling bad behaviors.
You could take a class, work one on one with a trainer, or do it yourself. With the right attitude and some background on dog training, it can be fun for both you and your dog! Here’s some tips to help you get started:
It is easier to develop good behaviors than to change bad ones
- Start off on the right foot- encourage good behaviors from day one. It is much easier to reward good behavior than it is to fix a bad behavior.
Take training in small steps – go at the pace of your dog
- Taking on too much at a time can be confusing and frustrating for your dog. Break your training down into smaller steps to ensure success.
All dogs are different and learn at differing rates
- Every dog will learn at a different rate. Do not compare your current dog to any other dog you have had in the past. Your dog is an individual and should be treated like one.
Even the cleverest dog can encounter difficulties
- Don’t get frustrated if your otherwise brilliant dog gets stuck on a particular command or behavior. Move slowly and make everything as clear as possible.
You are always training
- Your dog is always watching and learning. Make sure you are always enforcing and rewarding good behavior, while simultaneously discouraging unwanted behaviors.
*For more training tips see 15 Facts Everyone Should Know About Dog Training part 2
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