Motto:.....................................................................................3 Pack Behavior.........................................................................4 Puppies................................................................................5 Adult dog.............................................................................7 Petting or Praising the Dog..................................................9 Playing With My Dog............................................................9 The Family Petting and Playing with the New Dog.............10 Kids and Dogs....................................................................10 Who pet my dog?...............................................................11 Educating your dog...............................................................11 Rewards................................................................................12 Motivate................................................................................12 Correction.............................................................................13 Voice Corrections...............................................................15 Delayed Correction............................................................16 The basic commands............................................................16 SIT.....................................................................................17 DOWN................................................................................17 STAY..................................................................................17 COME.................................................................................18 HEEL..................................................................................18 TIPS.......................................................................................19 TIPS 1
“You can feed, water and love your dog and he will like you, but he very well may not respect you.” “Dogs know what you know and they know what you don’t know.” Dog training does not necessarily have to begin when you buy an 8 week old puppy (although it should) or when your 10 year old dog bites a child. In reality it begins on the day you make up your mind to learn how your dog thinks and relates to the world it lives in. It begins when you decide to relate to your dog in a manner that both you and your dog respect and understand. It begins when you make up your mind to develop a meaningful relationship based on trust, communication and control. Dogs are pack animals. The vast majority of pet owners, 99% of them, fail to understand that the driving force in a dog’s life is its desire to maintain harmony in their pack structure. The majority of behavioral problems develop as results of poor pack structure in the dogs living environment. This is why I tell people that obedience training is only 25% of the solution to correct behavioral problems and 75% of the solution deals with establishing a sound family pack structure. Your dog can love you and not respect you. You will NEVER love your dog into respecting you. When referring to a canine relationship, love and respect are two unrelated emotions. Respect is gained through hard work, education and experience. When my dog shows disrespect I increase the pressure I put on the dog. This means I work the dog harder and control his free time until he shows me the respect that a pack leader must have. Pack leaders control the lives of pack members in fair, firm and consistent ways. When asked how to build a bond, gain respect and still maintain a leadership role with our dogs, the answer is that we must make sure the dog understands that we will always be fair with him. With that said he has a responsibility to follow known directions and if he refuses there will be consequences. Dogs see life in black and white terms. This means they see life in terms of “things that are good for them” and “things that are not good for them”. They don’t understand English and for the most part they don’t reason; they just react to the black parts of life and the white parts of life.
Isn’t it nice to know that even if your family comprises of only you. He does not have to be concerned about anything at all. This is because dogs want to please the leaders whom they respect.Through experience gained in training we show the dog that we are only going to ask him to do things he knows how to do. if you do not establish yourself as the leader. the one who gives the commands sets the rules. A dog loves to belong! So if your Dog is given the clear message that you are the boss and he is the subordinate. Likewise. then things are just cool for him. He knows that You have things under control. Dog just love being follower dogs. We never correct our dog in obedience training for things that he has not been trained to do. Their pack mentality is what enables dogs to carve a comfortable niche for themselves among humans. It does not involve being aggressive towards a dog. you will find yourself facing a very queer situation indeed! If you are not the leader your dog will consider it his duty to take on the role of leader himself. When he does something correctly we always let him know he is doing the right thing and we are happy with him. Becoming a pack leader involves adopting the attitude of a pack leader. He needs to have no concern with the complicated happenings of the human world around him. you will find it easier to train him! On the flip side. Dogs are basically pack animals. You are the one who keeps things under absolute control. In a pack. While he follows instructions. you take care of all the decision-making. when he does something wrong we will ALWAYS let him know he has made a mistake. it doesn’t involve rolling him on his back or giving hard leash corrections or even
. and makes the decisions is considered to be the leader.
Training a dog establishes the master and follower relationship. Once your Dog learns to respect you as his pack leader. In the doggie world things are much simpler! When you are the leader whom your dog can implicitly trust. you will find it much easier to teach him anything. They are happy being followers. That is why they easily accept a master as their leader. your Dog will consider it as a pack to which he belongs.
raising your voice to the dog. 4 .
. They start by playing with one another. That’s pack behavior and needs to be dealt with. They bite and push each other around. is the concept of how to establish you as your new pups pack leader. Pack leaders say when and who to fight. This is fine for a human but it’s a mistake to think that this is how to fix a pack animal.” These are important credible concerns but equally important. 7 . It provides an example of pack behavior issues that deserve corrections even though the owner has never trained them.
When people bring an 8 week old puppy home their first concerns are “what should I feed my puppy and how do I stop it from peeing on the floor. Pack leader go through doors and gates first. 6 .When a dog growls at you for disturbing it as you walk by as it sleeps that’s a problem with rank behavior in the pack. that’s a pack behavior. They can sense a leader. Pack leaders always go first.When a dog drags his owner down the street on a walk – that’s pack behavior. Unlike humans. that’s a pack behavior.When a dog tries to fight with another dog.When a dog growls for moving it aside when you get in your bed or on your furniture. Those pups that bite the hardest and push the most become the higher ranking pack members of the litter. and often ignored. that’s a pack behavior. Every dog knows a leader when he is in the presence of one.When a dog charges past you to get out the door.When a dog jumps up and/or humps your leg. When a puppy is raised with litter mates they begin to establish their family pack at about 4 ½ weeks of age. Human psychologists almost all focus on the past to find answers to current problems. This is the short list of just a few of the most common forms of pack behavior.When a dog barks like crazy at another dog that’s a pack behavior. It involves adopting a leader’s attitude. This is something that even new dog owners must learn how to do. 5 . 3 . 2 . dogs live in the present. 1 .
But once its down they leave it alone until its time to pick it up. This is not practicing fair leadership principles. The only way this can happen is if they know the rules and anticipate our expectations. But when the leader is finished and he turns the food over to other pack members. feel relaxed around me and be comfortable in my presence. that’s how it thinks it should continue to interact within a family pack. he does not come back and drive them away from the food. and does not act in a fair manner in regard to the lives of pack members. they are calm and they are self confident. he is a fair dictator who enforces a well defined set of rules that members know. She protects her litter which demonstrates leadership and she also controls the litter in subtle ways that establish her as the pack leader. A pack leader is fair in how he lives with pack members and while he is a dictator.e. the leader always eats first. It sees that things have changed but it has no reason to believe that how it interacts with a family pack has changed. People who put food down and then take it away or push the dogs away from the food bowl are bullies. A good mother will exert her leadership by warning puppies to stay away from her food bowl when she is eating. understand and are expected to live by. sit) before the food is put down. We leave food down for 15 minutes and then pick it up. What a pack leader is not is a dictator who looses his temper. The correct way is to make the dog do something (i. This is how their dogs view them too. When that happens they know they will be treated fairly. even if the dog has not eaten it all. It has played with litter mates by biting and chasing. Pack leaders are aloof. Lower ranking members don’t get the choice food. It takes a few days but once it accepts you and your family as its new pack it will try to interact with you the same way it did with litter mates. When a puppy comes to your home it’s only experience in life has been with its mother and litter mates.With that said there is no question that the mother is the pack leader. I want my pack members to trust me.
. They also know that if they ignore the rules they will suffer the consequences. bullies pack members into compliance. For example. by biting and chewing.
Social isolation means that I take care of the dog’s basic needs: feeding. With dominant dog sit can be weeks. water. We always have a line on it. I socially isolate the dog for a period of time. in its own small way it’s trying to find its rank within the new pecking order of your family. These pups are going to get into thing. but nothing else. without scaring it. When we bring a pup home we always use a dog crate. or leave one of the toys with treats in the crate or leave a cows knuckle bone to chew on (although you need to be a little careful about loose stools here). Trust me this does not fall on deaf ears. I don’t pet the dog. I act like it is not there. When we are tired of dealing with the pup it goes into its crate. Many people ignore these small challenges and others over react to them.The fact is. When the pup runs around we let it drag the line. In the beginning its going to scream like a banshee for a few days but such is life. It’s your job to teach it that biting and chewing high ranking human pack members is unacceptable. You have to find the middle road. So in the beginning most of our interaction with a new pup is done outside. We use a flat collar with a snap and one of the 20 foot cotton lines we have. There in lies the rub. or cover the crate with a sheet. I don’t play with the dog. With some dogs this may only be for 3 or 4 days. We will put the pup in a crate in the garage and let it scream its head off. they are going to pee on the floor or they are going to jump up and play bite. Our first goal is to reduce the possibility of house training mistakes and to teach the pup that being wild in the house is not going to happen. that you are the new pack leader. For those who don’t have a garage you can leave a radio or TV on. What better way to establish our leadership than to control every aspect of the pup’s life. Those who allow puppies to run around untethered are only asking for the problems that will eventually come up. When we bring a pup in the house we never allow it to run around the house.
When I bring a new adult into our home. It’s your job to teach your puppy. I don’t talk sweet to the dog. walking and a clean place to sleep.
not even to walk from the crate to the back door of the house.” So during these first few weeks I take care of the dog by feeding him. I also feel it should be fed its normal daily rations in the crate. Every time I ask the dog to go into the crate I toss a few treats in first. giving him water and exercise but I don’t act all GUSSSSHY over them. If your goal is to have a house dog. I can’t over emphasize how important that is to a pack animal. Learning to be consistent and fair goes a long way towards forming a respectful 2 way relationship.
. Keeping the dog on leash and controlling every aspect of its life allows for the opportunity to show that I am fair and that I don’t issue unwarranted corrections. My goal is to teach him that he has to “earn my affection and respect. Dogs know that pack leaders are aloof. I simply walk him and put him away. I act like taking him outside is a job and I would rather be in Florida or anywhere other than spending time with him. When I take him for a walk I don’t play with him. it needs to start its life in your home in a dog crate. The dog needs to learn that this is now his new home and I am his new pack leader. The instant I let the dog out of the crate I hook a leash to him so he is always under complete control. In the beginning many dogs may not like the crate but they will learn to accept it. It becomes crystal clear to the dog that I am in total control of its life and its environment. The dog senses an aloof attitude. I want to begin the bonding process before I take it out and expect it to do formal obedience work. In fact. We keep a bowl of all-natural dog treats near our dog crate.During this social isolation period the only time the dog is out of the crate while in the house is when it is on its way outside. there is a lot that the dog can learn while you wait. You don’t see an alpha wolf run around acting like a happy puppy in front of his pack members. While formal training on an adult dog may not start for several weeks or even a month. During this period I never have the dog off leash. During this initial period I never push myself on a new adult dog. I go out of my way to act aloof to the dog. I make the dog feel like I don’t care about him.
Toys can be triggers for aggression. Demanding to be petted by an adult dog is a sign of dominance. When I eventually allow my dog to have a toy I teach him that “ALL TOYS” are “MY TOYS” and I allow him to play with “MY TOYS”. Playing is an earned exercise and when I with-hold it for a period of time it means more to the dog when I finally do start to play with him.
Playing With My Dog
Following in the concept of being aloof for the first weeks. I am also very careful about when I pet him and what I pet him for. What I don’t do is pet the dog when he wants to get petted. I want them to look at going for walks with me as their enjoyment in life.Petting or Praising the Dog
In the first weeks I pet the dog but I don’t over do it. For one thing I want them to have eyes for me. In other words. or he must wait for me when I tell him to wait at a door or gate and then I will praise him. The way I teach that is the subject of a different article. This is a huge pack drive issue. I have a philosophy of having to fight with my dog over a dominance issue. Since I don’t want to fight a dog to take his toy away I simply don’t give a new dog any. If more people followed that line of thinking there would be a lot fewer dog bites in this country. which is something I recommend all dog owners have. That is I never pick a fight with a dog that I will lose.
. I don’t give new dogs toys. The Alpha member of the pack goes to the other pack members and expects to be groomed. The dog never decides when its time to get petted. I don’t initially play a lot with my dog. The dog has to do something to get a word of praise or a pat on the shoulder. I don’t just walk up to a dog and start to pet him. He must sit. At the end of a play sessions I take “MY TOYS” away and put them up. For now it’s just important to point out that you will never find a basket full of toys sitting around my home. the pack leader makes those decisions. We keep our toys in our “training equipment bag”. If the dog comes to me and tries to push his head under my hand in an effort to get petted I verbally scold him and send him away.
Children as young as 11 can learn to train a dog but the training should be in the presence of an experienced trainer.
Kids and Dogs
My position on dogs and children is that kids as young as 9 can learn to handle (not train) a dog that is already trained but it should only be in the presence and under the supervision of the primary trainer (husband or wife). The dog is never at liberty to run off on his own. Dogs must learn that babies and very young children are ALWAYS off limits. They can play around a dog but only in the presence of an adult pack leader.
The Family Petting and Playing with the New Dog
This may fly in the face of people who want a family dog but the fact is in the beginning I never allow family members to pet or play with a new dog. Being off leash would go against the concept of you having control 100% of the time. I know it’s hard to tell children that they cannot have contact with a new dog. but with this said. The question often comes up by new pet owners about how to teach the new dog that the small child is a higher rank in the family pack. It’s too easy for accidents to happen and when accidents happen with adult dogs and small children they are usually traumatic. My primary goal is to establish a family pack. Dogs are not allowed near them and are certainly never allowed to play with them. I do this by firmly inserting myself as PACK LEADER. the dog has to make its bond with you before it makes its bond with the rest of the family. As pack leader you simply establish a rule that the dog is not allowed near the young child and if it breaks that rule it suffers serious consequences. My answer is that you don’t try doing that. Once that is accomplished I can easily step in to help establish the rank of other family members within our pack. Children younger than 7 are not mature enough to assume the responsibility for handling any dog.Any playing I eventually do with my new dog is always done on a long line.
. He is learning to see you as a leader who is fair. While this process is happening. as such.
Educating your dog
Once you have taught your dog to respect you. This also goes for dogs that are going to be trained for personal protection or police service work. his behavior will become much better towards you. we simply tell them the dog is being trained as a service dog. I seldom allow people from outside my immediate family to touch or pet my dog. The pack leader determines who and when to fight. There are very simple remedies for this excessive barking in most cases: exercise. worthy of respect. It would do new trainers well to remember that very important concept. not lower ranking pack members. If questioned. When we walk our puppies and people try and pet our dogs we politely but firmly ask them not to touch our dog. tender care.Who pet my dog?
To understand this you must first understand what I expect from a relationship with my dogs. I want my dog to focus on me and I want it to ignore other humans (and animals). This brings about a change in his attitude towards you. This intelligent animal will soon recognize the area where he can freely dig. I also expect my dog to be aloof with strangers. my dog has no need to be petted by them. When you educate your dog. chase and retrieve prey. healthy food. So one good idea would be to provide one area of your yard where your Dog can dig to his heart’s content. an educated dog will find it easy to adjust well in the environs of human society. If the dog is in any way aggressive to strangers they are immediately corrected with a firm correction that the dog remembers the next time it thinks about acting stupid. You were sent to school to get an education and as a result you can live peacefully in society today! Similarly. or just for the sake of entertaining himself. These people are not pack members and. I want a dog that sees me as the center of its universe. you teach him lots of words and their meanings too. Digging is another very common doggie trait. your dog is gradually building up his respect for you. Your Dog will dig to bury bones. and a capable leader. you have begun the process of educating him. plenty of love.
Before you give him a meal or take him out for a walk. Dogs only understand the language of love or the language of food. When you have to correct him. the circumstances you are in. The secret to getting your Dog to understand just what you mean when you say "No" is to catch him in the act that you are preventing him from doing.
Rewards are the secret to success in any training program. Then use a very firm tone and say. They key to training dogs with food is to have a hungry dog. shake hands. Bottom line is thin dogs live longer healthier lives. Food is a substantial and tangible treat so use it to your best advantage. So if you are going to use food to train don’t feed your dog just before you go out to work your dog. Also keep your dog thin. instead of criticizing him use a firm “NO” to prevent him from indulging in incorrect mannerisms. Dogs with prey drive are good candidates for training with toys and prey rewards. especially where dogs are concerned.
. Training is composed of a learning phase. stay. a distraction phase. Feed him at the end of the day. a correction phase and a maintenance phase.By using food as a reward 2 .By using toys or prey items as a reward 3 ."
While there are any number of methods to train a dog there is only 4 ways to motivate a dog: 1 . it can be used as a distraction and it can be used in the maintenance phase throughout the life of the dog. "No. etc. you want to see a definition between the end of the rib cage and the loin of the dog. Food can be used in the learning phase. roll over. your dog’s level of training and your experience.By using praise from the handler as a reward 4 . ask him to perform a trick for you or obey a command such as sit.By using force (corrections) to make a dog do what you want How you mix and match these methods will vary according to your dog.
It should be noted that even though your dog is born with prey drive it can dissipate and go away if it’s not developed. For praise from the handler to be most effective the dog must have a solid relationship (bond) with his owner. Everything they do relate to their reaching goal satisfaction (getting the prey item – a toy). come. lie down or go to your place and lie down. Some dogs have a ton of prey drive while others have none at all.A flat leather or nylon buckle collar 2 . Some dogs fall in between these two extremes. As far as I am concerned there are only 4 kinds of training collars. It can be seen in puppies as young as 6 ½ to 7 weeks of age and owners can start to develop or build prey drive as young as 8 weeks.A prong collar – photo – great for training 3 .A remote trainer (electric collar) If a voice correction followed by a level 5 leash correction doesn’t produce the results you want then it’s time to train with a prong collar. stay.
You never correct a dog in formal obedience training unless you are 100% sure the dog knows the meaning of the command he is refusing to follow. As surprising as it may seem less than 1% of all dogs work strictly for praise from the hander. There are dogs that have crazy prey drive that will play with any handler. 1 . In my opinion there is a huge misunderstanding of training collars used on dogs today.A dominant dog collar 4 . Handler praise to these dogs means little to nothing but with this said the dogs lack a personality too.In its simplest form prey drive is the drive to chase a ball or chase a stick or a rabbit or a squirrel. So let there be no misunderstanding. Prey drive is an inherited characteristic. When there is no bond the effectiveness of handle praise means little to nothing. These dogs are so crazy for a tennis ball they don’t need to have a bond. A bond is built on trust and takes time to establish.
. Don’t correct a dog for not following these commands until you are 100% sure in your mind that your dog understands the meaning of what you are asking him to do. Formal obedience means teaching the dog the meaning of sit.
My goal in training is to teach my dog to first trust me and then when that’s done.The important thing for new trainers to keep in mind is they don’t have to correct at the same level with a prong that they did with a flat collar. This is
. You must praise your pet soon after he performs. Getting a dog’s respect is not something that happens over night. I tell people that prong collars are like power steering on dogs. When you catch him in the act of jumping up on the couch. to follow my voice command. A dog can love you and not respect you. You can get a better understanding of how I approach dog training if you read the article I wrote on my philosophy of dog training. The trust phase can take months. do not scold him for doing so at that moment. If you find your dog sitting on your couch. praise him immediately. You will leave him totally confused. he will be kind of confused. Dogs have no memory recall of what happened earlier. So if you want to correct your dog for any wrong action you must catch him in the act. That’s one of the benefits to using a prong. Many interpret a bond as being a relationship of love and that’s not what I look for in my dog. And that is the timing of your praise. then you can admonish him with a firm “No. If you had been correcting at level 5 or 6 with a flat collar you may only have to correct at level 2 or 3 with a prong. It learns that above all I am consistent and when I ask him to do something he must do it. If you praise him later. So when you ask him to “SIT” and he does so. The mechanics of how these collars are used in obedience training (constantly popping the leash and collar) does long term muscle damage to neck muscles of the dogs.” But there is really one small matter that you simply must remember. In the “trust phase” of training the dog learns that I am fair but firm. I am not a fan of forced training which is why I am not a fan of sending dogs off to a professional trainer. My dog sees that I treat it with respect and expect respect in return. Metal choke chain collars are never recommended for normal obedience training. So not delay the praise. Some people confuse the bond with a dog and what I want to call trust. This is something that you simply must remember at all times. you don’t have to use as much force to accomplish the same task. Scolding him later is futile. I can’t have a relationship with a dog without having respect from that dog.
My goal in training is for my dog to follow my voice command. The correction level is appropriate for the temperament and the distraction level of the dog I am training.I give a voice command of “NO” 3 .
The sequence of events goes like this. or sound mad. or repeat “NO” and raise the intensity in their voice by repeating “NO” are making a mistake. Without sounding mad simply say the word “NO” in a firm (not loud or mad) voice. These people are teaching their dog to wait until you really sound pissed before they comply.This is followed by a pop of the leash (or remote trainer) 1 ½ seconds later. What he responds to is the love and affection in the tone of your voice! As a general rule a correction needs to be firm enough that the next time the dog considers not following his leaders commands he remembers what happened the last time he refused a command. With this said I also want to be able to use my voice as a correction. People who raise their voice. These people turn the word “NO” into a warning and not a correction. Controlling the inflection in your voice is very important. Saying “NO” the exact same way every time means you are doing a good job. It’s also one of the most poorly administered and misunderstood corrections used in dog training today. Let me first explain what I believe a voice correction should be. To accomplish this I must ALWAYS give a voice correction before a leash correction and before a correction with a remote trainer.because your dog does not really understand English or any other human language.
.I give an obedience command which is refused or the dog displays inappropriate pack behavior and a correction is warranted 2 . Using the word “NO” as a means of communicating with a dog can become a tool to shape behavior in the learning phase of training.
In my opinion the verbal correction is one of the most powerful tools any trainer can develop in his training program.
1 . In addition it can become a powerful correction that dogs respect and listen to.
. come and heel (for walking nicely on the lead)
1 Stand in front of your Dog and extend your right arm straight out in front of you 90 degrees to your body. This is where a correction must come within 1 ½ second of a refusal. 4 Do not give him his treat until he sits down completely. 2 Take the treat close to your dog’s nose and give him the voice command of "sit. stay. One of the most gratifying moments in your dog training career is going to be when you simply tell your dog “NO” (in a normal tone of voice) and he stops doing something and looks at you and says “OK what do you want me to do?”
I have discussed the concept of a delayed correction above. He will go down on his haunches as you do so. When my dog believes that there will ALWAYS be a correction after the “NO” correction he will do his best to beat the pop of the leash or the correction with the remote trainer.) If a correction comes too long after an infraction the dog becomes confused and the training goes down hill. There is a rule of thumb that a correction must come within 1 ½ seconds of an infraction. It’s the 1 ½ second rule. Hold a treat that your doggie likes in your hand. That’s why consistency in training is so important. down." 3 Gradually raise the treat over his head. I am a firm believer in giving a dog the chance to think and consciously refuse to do what I have asked him before I correct him. For a correction to be effective the dog must associate the correction with the infraction (the same goes for praise.
The basic commands
The five basic commands you will need to teach your dog in order to obtain a good degree of control are: sit.The goal is to convince my dog that this sequence will ALWAYS be followed.
ask him to sit again and repeat the procedure. … Step back to him. Silently count to five. 4. gradually increase the distance between you and your dog and/or the time that he is asked to stay. 3 Bring your palm slowly down to your side. If he gets up. go back a stage to a shorter distance or time and then increase again slowly until he is doing as he is told every time. make him sit or lay down."
1 Ask your Dog to "sit. 4 Hold a treat for your pooch in the palm of your hand 5 Lower your hand that is holding the treat down to the floor between the dog’s paws 6 His nose will follow your hand that is holding the treat and he will get into the down position. drop the lead before stepping away.
. If he is doing this short 'stay' correctly. If he gets up when he is not supposed to." 2 Bend your arm at the elbow with your palm facing downwards.. 3. Here are some methods to ensure that your dog will respond when you beck on him to you.
Patience is the name of the game when you are teaching or training your dog. Step away from him as you command him to "stay". When you are confident that your dog will reliably stay during training. you can progress to unclipping his lead before stepping away." Your dog must associate the word "come" with something pleasant or he will not respond. 2. This includes a simple command such as "come.
1. After a few successful sessions. 8 Practice this command until he masters it.5 Repeat this exercise a few times 6 This way he will associate your extending your arm out in front of you and bringing it down with the command "sit.. treat and praise. With his lead on for extra control. 7 Now you can release the treat to him.
You must also be aware that these are some methods that will ensure that your dog does not come to you when called. so that he learns to associate the 'heel' command with his position next to you.
Practice in your home and garden first as there are fewer distractions for your dog than in the street. He will love it. praise and reward him as soon as he responds. praise and then walk on. Once he understands what this means you can try outside. reward him with surprises. Show him that calling does not put an end to his exercise or play time. or just playing with him. but only when you say so and not when he feels like it. When you are ready to let him do this. You can crouch down to his level and hug him. • If he continues to walk at your side. enjoyable behavior for a dog to want to find out what is happening in his local area by sniffing the ground. • Once in the street. toy. It is a natural. stand still immediately so that he has to stop. When he moves to your side say "heel" and then praise and/or treat him. reinforce this by using the command "heel" again and then praise and/or treat. • Put your dog on his lead. lampposts and fences for scents left by other dogs. but do not say anything to him. You can clap your hands and smile at him. so that he can learn when he is allowed to do this. On walks you should allow him to have a sniff around. If he pulls. You could use this loose lead 'freedom' as a reward for when he has been performing well on the lead. Surprises can include giving him a treat. Every time that he pulls you must stop.Make it a pleasant association. Use positive body language. as it will not get him anywhere and so should soon start to walk at your heel. Then he will look forward to what you are going to do. say "heel". • Patiently wait until he comes back to your side.
. So sometimes you must allow him to return to what he was doing. praise. Your dog will soon learn that it is pointless to pull. never scold him or grab him when he comes. command your dog to "heel". use a command such as "off you go".
Be very clear and consistent in the commands that you use. Do not combine commands . His excited nature and over enthusiasm can also test the strength of your arms as those sturdy sinews of his pull and tug you in various directions. They can be damaging. sit" a number of times when you want him to sit only once. So when you say "Sit" he sits. Single command. Do not use his name when you are saying “No” to him.when you give a command to your dog to follow he must obey it. Attention seeking gimmicks must not be encouraged. And that can be quite irritating and trying on your patience. Discourage begging for scraps of food from the table too. Never let your body language come into conflict with your verbal command. Down in
. If your dog is stubborn and willful you will have to exercise extra care and tact in handling him. Do not say "Sit. you must shower him with a lot of praise. single response – this attitude evokes quick response from an alert Dog. sit. Commands must be followed . You must always be in a position to correct your dog before you give him a command. A positive approach to this is to provide your Dog with sufficient exercise. The correction must be effective enough to ensure that your dog does not repeat it again.TIPS
Training a dog has its fair share of problems. So if your dog jumps at you while you are just lounging or standing around. During the initial phases of disobedience he will pay no heed to your commands. It increases the sense of belonging that exists between you both. He will test your limits of physical endurance as well by tugging at his leash. Use your dog’s name every time you teach him something. Whenever your dog reacts favorably to your correcting him. be patient and consistent. do not encourage him. Above all. If he does not do so and you do not reinforce your desire on him that the command must be obeyed. you are running the risk of him getting the message that he only needs to obey when he feels like it. Do not say "Sit down" when what you want him to do is just sit. A positive way of doing so is to ensure your dog is fed before you sit down to eat.this will only confuse your Dog.
Timing .before his dinner time he will try harder for his treats
. max. Communicate your requirement to your Dog. A warm hug can also work wonders. Do not disappoint a willing student. This way he will soon start looking forward to his training sessions.when your dog responds to any command. Recognition & Rewards . No punishments. You can reward him too with little treats. Do not beat him to teach him. you must catch your Dog in the act of doing it. It will only damage your relationship and kill all the joy of learning. As a result.) and fun • Train him when he is hungry . Do not use his name when you are scolding him. Ignore . So when he does misbehave. firmly tell him "No.your Dog’s vocabulary means going flat down on his stomach with his nose to the ground.you have to show him who the boss really is. This is because dog’s have a rather short memory recall. it will be futile. Only then will this lovely animal get the message. If you try to correct him after the act. Consistency is very essential when you are training your Dog. Make sure that you use his name only in conjunction with positive words. Do • Practice in your home and garden first. you can pay him no attention at all. He must get the feeling that when he hears his name it is for something positive. This is because he is a creature of habit. So you must conduct his training sessions at the same time everyday and preferably maintain the same period of duration too. he will feel simply great. you must recognize his efforts and intelligence in doing so and praise him lavishly. He loves routine." Telling him later will serve no purpose. This way he will be even more responsive to your commands. only correction of bad behavior. before trying commands in public areas • Start training with your new dog or puppy as soon as possible • Keep sessions short (15 min. But if you catch him trying to swipe food off the kitchen counter.to correct bad behavior. your Dog will soon associate rewards with his ability to respond to your commands.your Dog loves hearing your voice. This will reinforce the fact that you do not want that particular kind of behavior in his life. His Master’s Voice . So if he keeps hearing his name being repeated by you.
your dog is more likely to want to train again next time! Don't • Let your dog get bored . • Expect too much too soon • Expect him to understand a command until you have taught him what it means
. noises.it will make him scared of you and may cause him to become aggressive • Train him if he is tired • Chase him when you want him to come . once the new command has been learnt • Try to use hand signals with verbal commands.• Reward or treat him on a random basis.stop immediately if you see this happening • Tell him off if he gets it wrong • Shout or physically punish him . people. as some dogs may find it easier to recognize these • Keep commands clear and consistent • Take your time and be patient • Stick to one command per training session at first to avoid confusing your dog • Consider going to a good local training class • Try to finish on a high note . smells.he'll think it is a great game and will run away even more • Try to train him in an area with lots of distractions. such as other dogs.