Through the hundreds of definitions, it says dog training or obedience training is the standardized program designed to train an animal especially dogs to obey certain commands. Being a responsible pet owner does not only mean feeding your dog, but it also means teaching it.
There are tons of reasons why you should train your dog. Dog training can help you establish a closer relationship with your dog. It gives you and your dog plenty of time to bond and deepens your connection. Through a series of consequences, it can help mold the future behavior of your dog.
These can help stop bad habits like chewing on inappropriate objects, digging in the yard and the most common is begging at the table. Those were just to name a few of the most common adverse habits pet owners to get annoyed.
Plus, trained dogs are more fun to be with!
So here are 30 tips that can hopefully aid you in training your dog:
- 1. Dog Training Tools
- 2. Be patient and consistent.
- 3. Teach your dog its name
- 4. Choose a training method
- 5. Keep it short
- 6. Start off with a simple command.
- 7. Focus only on one goal
- 8. Advance to complex commands
- 9. A little distraction is not that bad
- 10. Closing the dog training session
- 11. Keeps things positive
- 12. Do not wait too long to start training
- 13. Bond with your dog, not bully your dog
- 14. Timing is everything
- 15. Stop encouraging wrong behaviors
- 16. Reinforcing Behaviors
- 17. Substitution can also help
- 18. Aggressive dogs and fearful dogs
- 19. Bored dogs
- 20. Keep your dog motivated
- 21. Introducing your dog to the crate
- 22. Separation anxiety
- 23. Learn and anticipate your dog’s actions
- 24. Recap!
- 25. Your dog’s language
- 26. Books off the shelf
- 27. Tips from the web
- 28. Dog Training Programs
- 29. Dog Training Supplies
- 30. Don’t compare your dogs to others
1. Dog Training Tools
Many shops sell tools and equipment to make dog training more accessible. There is a wide variety of equipment that would guide you and your dog in your sessions such as collars, leashes, treats to reward your dog and a crate.
However, shock collars are highly discouraged. Shock collars have the tendencies to be misused. The electric current emitted by the collar will cause pain and physical discomfort to your dog. These are meant to be necessary for conditioning your dog. There are 3 factors: the power/voltage of the electric current, duration, and frequency of the current. The amount of pain your dog will feel will depend on physical characteristics such as size, skin, and many others. On the positive side, if the use of shock collars is appropriate, bad behavior can be done as soon as possible.
There are different types of collars and leashes. Leashes are used to walk your dog from one place to another and also to keep your dog in control in public. They differ in sizes, length, styles, and types. Plus, it is an essential tool for dog training, especially in puppy stages. On the other hand, collars also vary inrolled, or flat, choke, pinch collars, harnesses and head halters.
2. Be patient and consistent.
Don’t expect immediate results. The duration process of eliminating or addition of behavior may vary for dogs. To be consistent, it is recommended to always sets aside a short period every day. If you are persistent and consistent, you can teach your dog basic commands! These can also avoid confusion for your dog. Remember learning is a change in behavior that lasts for a long time. The lengthy process will be worth it in the end.
Learning a new trick may not happen overnight. Even training service dogs take about 2 years or often longer. The duration of training service dogs have factors affecting it. The age of your dog, significant behavior that your dog needs to be changed, if your dog can easily be taught or in an average how long does it need to learn a trick, motivation, and health are factors if you want to know how long a skill should be taught.
Dogs that are easiest to teach are the ones who are eager to learn, relaxed and motivated to learn more skills. Dogs that are willing to learn and earn rewards/ treats are a delight to have in dog training.
Health is also a factor you should look into. You might want to train a healthy dog. In some cases, a perfectly healthy dog might develop problems in the process.
3. Teach your dog its name
This is an essential step so that it can be able to respond to you. It is also a necessary step before starting to teach basic commands.
Start off your session by getting the dog’s attention. When your dog is distracted, call its name. If it responds, say an indicator such as the word yes, or yey and immediately give it a treat. Let a few seconds to pass by, and then repeat. It is highly recommended to repeat this name recognition practice several times a day. At this point, your dog will associate the sound of you calling its name with the treat.
Now, this is an excellent time to introduce the leash. Again, if the dog gets distracted, gently pull the leash towards you. Once her attention goes back to you, say an indicator and give it a treat. Repetition is the key. Repeat this practice several times in a day and change the environment if possible. In a short distance, you can seek out help from a friend or someone to try this practice and see what its response. However, keep in mind that repetition of the use of its name may lessen its effectiveness.
4. Choose a training method
Choose a training method that suits you and your dog. There are a lot of dog training books and websites you can learn from. There are different techniques for training such as dominance training, positive training, clicker training, electronic training but many trainers agree that most of the time dogs best respond to positive reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement involves praises or treats to reward dogs. There is also clicker training. It is one of the most common useful techniques that use a unique sound such as a click. Most dog trainers and experts recommend this method. The theory says if a dog does a good behavior, it is rewarded with a treat or will be praised. However, the theory also means that bad behavior should not be acknowledged, but any forms of rewards should be removed.
Clicker method is the same with positive reinforcement and relies on its principles. However, it also depends upon the use of a device that makes a click or a sharp noise.
The electronic training uses tools such as shock collars or electric collars that give an uncomfortable pain that is supposed to correct a dog’s bad behavior. However, it could stress the dog out. It is highly recommended to seek help from a professional regarding the proper use of alternative methods that may induce lesser stress to your dog.
5. Keep it short
Sessions should not exceed around 15 minutes, about 2-3 times per day. Dogs can easily be distracted especially puppies. Adult dogs can be bored if exposed in training for a longer time. Plus, prolonged sessions can make a dog tired and cause it to be frustrating. Researchers show that prolonged sessions may cause harm to dogs and may slow down the dog’s learning process.
A study was conducted to contrast the performance of Beagles. In the experiment, the beagles grouped into 4, performed series of tasks with increasing difficulty from one task to the other. The duration of the training session was a significant factor in this experiment.
The first group was trained once or twice a week with one training session. The second group was trained once or twice a week for 3 consecutive training sessions. The third group was trained 5 days a week with one training session on each of the 5 training days. Lastly, the last group was trained 5 days a week with 3 consecutive training sessions on the 5 training days.
All dogs in the group had training sessions that totaled to 18. All dogs were trained in the same environment and trainer. The results were the first group the most successful. The second group did terrible than the first group of dogs. The third group did worse compared to Group 2 dogs. The last group had the worst overall performance.
Here are some signs that your dog may be tired or the sessions may have gone a bit longer than usual:
- If your dog loses interest in treats
- If your dog gets distracted more often or pays more attention to things around it
- If your dog walks from you
- If your dog makes more mistakes
Remember to always pay attention to your dog. Always look for signs if your dog is tired or frustrated.
6. Start off with a simple command.
There are several commands or tricks that your dog should know, but it should understand the basics first. It can help you keep your dog in control. It can also help gradually erase your dog’s bad behaviors. Basic commands can be “come,” “leave it,” “drop,” “sit,” “lie down” and many others.
- Commanding your dog to “leave it” is used to prevent your dog from ingesting any substance or things that may be harmful.
- Commanding your dog to “come” is to use to call the attention of your dog and to make it closer to you.
- Commanding your dog to “drop it” can prevent him from eating anything harmful or may cause harm to your dog in any way.
The most basic command is to train your dog to sit. In this command, it can help you from keeping your dog under control.
One of the most important commands is teaching your dog to lie down. A lot of bad behaviors can be soothed by this command. Also, if you show your dog how to lie down, it can lead you to teach your dog more complex commands. It can also help your dog relax.
Remember, dog training is a step-by-step process to keep in mind that always be patient!
7. Focus only on one goal
Focus only on one goal every dog training session. By sticking with one command or to a behavior, it will help your dog learn or stay focused. Remember that a dog has normal attention span around 15 minutes. Within 15 minutes, the dog is more likely is happy to learn. However, if time has exceeded 15 minutes, usually dogs become mentally tired and be more resistant to you or the trainer. Young pups have shorter attention span compared to older dogs. Its attention is around 5 to 10 minutes.
There a lot of factors that may distract a dog or how a dog reacts to a different environment such as the dog’s inherit behaviors, the level of socialization of dog, the relationship of the dog and the human, and the home environment of the dog.
There are different levels of distractions for your dog. Remember, not all environments are alike. It is essential to see how your dog would react if exposed to different varieties.
If your dog is exposed to a new environment, it will try to approach the new climate carefully and will smell many things. However, in most cases, hostile dog behavior patterns may be present such as mixture between defending itself and avoidance. In some cases, the dog may entirely avoid the object for several days or more.
8. Advance to complex commands
Once your dog can perform the essential basic commands, you can advance to complex commands and fun tricks!
When your dog gets the basic commands familiar with, you can proceed to more tricky or complicated commands and tricks. Many skills make you and your dog happier. These tricks can also give you more ways to flaunt your dog and more ways you can flood the internet with dog pictures or videos! No worries, there are tons of ways you can learn to teach your dog more complicated tricks. The internet is glad to have its open to share its knowledge and extend its aid to you.
More complicated tricks can vary from teaching your dog to kiss, bark on command, shake hands, fetch, roll over, play dead, spin, stand on its hind legs, sit pretty, to give a hug and many others.
Teaching your dog to shake hands is one of the easiest complex tricks that your dog could learn. Your dog will reach its paw if it wants something. The method is to present to hand with treats inside, and your dog will reach its paws. Once it does, start using the command. Then, repeat it several times.
Teaching your dog to play fetch can be frustrating especially in cases when your dog is stubborn or is not willing to cooperate. Always remember to be patient.
Remember your dog cannot learn these immediately so master these trick before you will try to show these skills off to others. Repetition is the key.
9. A little distraction is not that bad
Start somewhere quiet and with fewer distractions and work your ways to a place with wide variety of distraction like a park. Distractions are different. For example, a dog may find food highly distractive but the other dog might not.
One of the processes of dog training may be finding out what are the things that may distract your dog. Also, this can be one of the things that make dog training complex. If you can figure out what are the things that would distract your dog least to most, you can use this knowledge to make dog training easier.
Even low-level distractions can interfere. A higher level of distraction will get to you work hard for your dog’s attention. It is vital to know why your dog is being distracted. Take notes on how your dog behaves when it is outside, playing, walking or training.
Remember, many things in life can distract a dog. The least you can do is use that to your advantage. However, if your dog is having difficulty in avoiding distractions, you can take always take a break. Most likely he is overstimulated. If your dog is having a hard time in dealing with low-level distractions, don’t introduce him to higher level ones.
10. Closing the dog training session
Try to close the dog training session with an easier one. If your dog cannot perform the desired command, try to close the dog training session with an easier one and try again in the next session. Don’t get too bummed down that your dog did not accomplish the desired action or behavior right away. Dogs can hear it in your tone of voice that you are disappointed. End the session and let the dog rest and start over again some other time.
Again, not all dogs can a new trick or remove an unwanted behavior in a snap of your fingers. Be patient; all good things come in due time. Keep in mind that positive reinforcement is all about a reward-based method that looks in the scientific side that discourages forcing thus makes this technique pain-free. This technique encourages increasing the affection of the dog towards the human. It is also about making sure that the dog can socialize and interact with others.
Remember when we were young, we had our firsts. We took our first step; our first took grew. It took us a long time to learn our alphabet, multiplication. It took them a while to acquire them. For some children, it may be quick but for some may take them awhile to learn. The same principles apply to dog training. Remember to be understanding with your puppers and be patient. Not every child is the same and so are dogs.
11. Keeps things positive
Dog training sessions may be tough, and some dogs can be stubborn but try to change your dog’s attention to something positive by giving out treats and enthusiasm.
Positive reinforcement theory includes adding reinforcement stimulus then follows a behavior that most likely occurs again. When a good behavior is done, a reward is given, or your dog will be given praises. Thus, the particular response will most likely occur again. There are different types of positive reinforcement: natural, token, social, and tangible.
Natural reinforcers are factors that are the immediate response to the behavior is done.
Token reinforcers are factors such rewards given because of behavior. These rewards or tokens can be swapped for something with the same value.
Social reinforcers involve factors such as expressing approval of behavior. In dog training, it is when your dog accomplishes a command, and you give it heavy petting for assurance that you are happy or proud of such action.
Tangible reinforcers involve factors like rewards that are physical such as in dog training; these are the treats given to a dog when good behavior is done.
Many experts say positive reinforcement can be very useful especially when correctly used.
12. Do not wait too long to start training
Don’t start training if bad habits are already worse. Your puppy may not seem to learn complex commands, but you can begin teaching basic commands or house training.
If your puppy has this habit of chewing, no worries, it is an entirely normal habit. It is still not a good reason to chew on you. Keep in mind, just like a human baby; he is growing its teeth out. Instead of getting mad, have a bone or a toy ready. Put the bone in its mouth and pet it or praise it. Again, just like human babies, they are given safe objects such as teething rings to chew on while they are teething.
It is highly recommended to start teaching your dog at a very early stage. By the time your puppy has reached around 3-4 months, you should start on planning on teaching your dog basic commands. Keep things fun and positive. Your puppy will learn more commands if it enjoys the practices. Else, your puppy will most likely stop and gets frustrated.
Remember that it is crucial for your dog to meet other people and other dogs. You should take your puppy in walks and introduce your dog to the world especially at a young stage.
13. Bond with your dog, not bully your dog
Harsh punishment is not necessary, so you can “assert your dominance.” It will only cause an aggressive reaction from your dog. It will also cause physical and emotional harm to you, to your dog and other people. It will make your dog fearful of humans. Also, if you harm other humans, they may also develop a fear of dogs.
Dominance-based training supports the idea that the owner or trainer needs to show its dominance or needs to be the so-called “alpha dog.” This dog training method focuses on correcting the bad behavior of your dog. The main idea of the method is to remove the undesired reaction by the use of punishment. One of the standard techniques used is the shock collar or electric collar method.
The dominance-based theory is said to get results a lot faster, simple and very efficient. However, there is a possibility that your dog could become aggressive or fearful towards you or the trainer. It may be easy for you or the trainer, but it may permanently damage the dog’s relationship or point of view towards humans. This method is said to be often cruel, more harmful and ineffective compared to the other training methods.
14. Timing is everything
If a treat is given a few seconds late, your dog will think it got the reward for another reason/action. It can also be said for correcting behaviors such as the use of aversive. They are unpleasant stimuli that change behavior through punishment.
It is done by applying an aversive immediately after the behavior. Then, the likelihood of the behavior reoccurring is reduced. The most common is the use of spray bottles/ deterrents. Disturbing sounds can also be a deterrent for most dogs such as the sound emitted by the vacuum cleaner.
Common aversive tools used in dog training are the use of taste deterrent, scat mats, choke, chains, shock collars or electric collars, or misuse of collars or leashes, or even electric fences!
Aversive can also be actions such as clapping of hands, shaking a can filled with coins, use of ultrasonic collars, spraying with water, scolding dog, or actions like alpha rolls, ear pinches, collar grabs. Physical approaches like pushing dogs to sit, kneeing dogs to the chest to stop them from jumping and any other actions that were meant to either deter and prevent the dog from performing an unwanted action or to encourage the dog by withdrawing the aversive stimulus the moment the dog shows a good behavior
15. Stop encouraging wrong behaviors
Accidentally reinforcing bad behaviors is one of the common mistakes in dog training. Keep in mind that following up on bad behavior that was done is as necessary as giving attention to a good one. However, it is advisable to prevent the undesired behavior from reoccurring than ignoring it.
Just like in dealing with annoying children, you can ignore your dog. Ignoring an undesired behavior can be a part of your dog training. If your dog does an undesirable behavior and you choose to ignore it, do with carefully with a plan and also while reinforcing another new one.
However, some experts say that ignoring an undesired behavior hoping it stops soon, may be the factor that is encouraging it; but you also have to factor in the people around you.
For example, you are enjoying a fresh and delicious sandwich and your dog approaches you. Your dog then starts to bark at you to try to get you to give it piece off of your sandwich. You decide not to give it any because you think you are encouraging its bad behavior of begging. You think it is better to ignore it while you just enjoy your sandwich. Maybe you can withstand your dog’s barking but do the people around you feels the same?
16. Reinforcing Behaviors
Behaviors are only done when they are reinforced. There are many factors on reinforcement of a behavior of a dog, such as the interaction of your dog to others, the relationship between you and your dog, genetics, and its environment.
Genetics play a part in a dog’s behavior. Most of the dog’s breeds have a distinct character. Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky, Golden Retriever and other breeds are naturally friendly. Remember your dog being friendly towards dogs and dogs being friendly towards humans is different. Australian cattle dog, Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd and more are breeds that easier to train.
On the other hand, some breeds tend to drool a lot such as basset hound, bullmastiff, bloodhound and others. Some breeds exhibit high levels of energy that initially they for herding livestock or hunting such as boxer, bull terrier, Belgian sheepdog, and others.
Some breeds are prone to much sickness due to bad breeding practices such as Bolognese, Boston terrier, bulldog and more. Some breeds may need more exercise than most breeds such as American bulldog, Basenji, Azawakh, and others. Some breeds eat a lot and may have a possibility of gaining more weight easily such as cardigan welsh corgi, chow chow, dachshund, and others.
The dog’s living and training environment is a factor in a dog’s behavior. The people around it or anything in your home could help reinforce habits or behavior of your dog. You home, or your yard could be a place where your dog’s confidence could be built more.
17. Substitution can also help
Bad habits can be replaced with good ones. Instead of chewing on furniture or going through trash, playing with a toy or distracting it with one of the training exercises. Toys are sold in your local pet shops, stores, or even online! These vary from Frisbee, plushies, squeak toys, chew toys, toy balls, rope toys and many more!
Besides of making these dogs occupied with these toys, there are many benefits of using these toys. The toys can provide good dental hygiene for your dogs by controlling plaque and is said to promote healthy gums and teeth. Using of toys can eliminate pent-up energy or excess energy. Lastly, it can provide excellent stimulation for your dogs. Also, it can satisfy the need for dogs to chew on things.
Remember to make sure your dog’s toys are not small. It is to make sure that your dogs do not ingest its toys. Else, it could lead to possible danger and could harm the dog. Toys that are too big or small could hurt your dog. Be careful in choosing the right toys for your dog. To ensure your dog’s safety, read the packaging carefully and make sure that the toy is not toxic to your dog.
18. Aggressive dogs and fearful dogs
Aggressive dogs and fearful dogs do not usually respond well to punishment. One of the most common undesired behaviors or problems in dogs is aggression. The indications of fear and hostility are present are head held low, wrinkling of the nose, lips are curled with teeth as the showing corners of the mouth are pulled back, ears are pulled back and usually pinned to the head, tail tucked and body lowered. Be careful with aggressive dogs. A warning can be present, but in a snap of a finger, you could be get bitten.
Evaluate if your dog has been aggressive in the past. Look for signs, even for the tiniest ones. Take time to see what are the things that may upset your dog. Learn why, how and what can trigger the aggression of your dog. In this way, it will be a great deal of help to your dog. Aggressive behavior can be classified types such as possessive, fear, territorial, protective, defensive and many others.
Dogs are known for their trait of being territorial. However, when they are still young, they are rarely territorial. Dogs are also known to be social creatures. If a member of their family is in danger, they will rush in to help. It may be the cause of your dog of being aggressive. For example, mothers are always protective of their young, especially when the mother just gave birth to their young.
19. Bored dogs
Bored dogs are more prone to bad behaviors. Training your dog is a good way to keep your furry friend busy. It can also help it burn off excess energy! It is also said that it is important to expose your dog to new things, places, experience, opportunities to learn new things and interact with things and the environment around it.
If your dog gets bored, you can give your dog tons of exercise. When dogs get bored, they get much pent-up energy so give them enough physical activities to suffice.
Another way to occupy your dog is to give it toys. There is a wide array of selection of toys in online shops.
Alternatively, you can always give your dog a playmate. Having a playmate can also another way to train your dog or add a new dimension to his dog training sessions, but make sure both of the dogs are getting along.
Training your dog can prevent accidents in the household, barking too much, chew on you, constant seeking of attention and much other undesired behavior.
Remember, your furry friend expresses its boredom and frustration through these bad behaviors, so it is best to keep your dog busy to prevent these from persisting.
20. Keep your dog motivated
Motivation is anything positive that is used to rewards your dog every time your dog does the desired behavior such as treats, praises or petting. Always keep in mind; treats are a good way of motivating your dog. You can also stroke and pet your dog with praise.
Remember when we were kids, when we lose our tooth, we were told to place them under our pillow. We were told that this magical creature called the “tooth fairy” would give us money in exchange for the pillow. So every time, we lose a tooth, we would be eager to put it under our pillow, and we would be expecting money or coins underneath while out tooth is gone. The same principle could be applied to our dogs. After, our dog would perform the desired behavior; we would exclaim, pet it and give it a treat.
Motivation can be classified into 2: extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic behavior is more in activities or exercises working looking forward to the extrinsic behavior. On the other hand, an Intrinsic behavior is being motivated because of rewards or treats.
Remember that dogs are also like us, humans. We want to be pleased and are happy to participate in any way possible.
21. Introducing your dog to the crate
A crate is also a great help in potty training. It will teach the puppy more about self-control. The crate will give comfort, solitude to your dog. Your dog will know it is safe inside it. It can limit the dog into a space in your house that will prevent him from chewing things that are not included in that space or on your furniture. It is also a safe and an excellent way to transport your dog in your car.
There are some things to remember when you decide to use a crate for training your dog. For example, do not use your crate as a form of punishment. Using it as some punishment will only result in your dog being afraid of it and will likely be afraid to enter it. Leaving your dog in the crate for too long is also a bad idea.
Your dog needs mental stimulation, interaction, and exercise. Lack of communication may cause your dog to be depressed and be anxious. It is advised that puppies under the age of 6 months to not stay in the crate for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. Remember, it is preferred if your dog will go to the crate voluntarily.
22. Separation anxiety
When dogs are upset because they are separated from their owners or guardians for an extended period, they develop separation anxiety. Dogs may attempt to escape or flee. It may cause to harm your dog or your furniture. It can also damage your windows or your doors.
Try to get your dog to being accustomed to being alone from time to time. Then, try to see if any inappropriate behavior or vocalization is present that is causing separation anxiety. Lastly, if there is, understand your dog’s behavior is not in any way intentional.
Dogs who have separation anxiety becomes frustrated when their owners or guardian are about to leave. Some dogs become depressed or anxious if their owners or guardian is no present. Some dogs even try not to let its guardian leave. Right after they do, it may bark a lot and will indicate that it is distressed. Behaviors, like chewing, scratching on the door, door frames or destroying household objects, can cause to harming itself, damaged nails, or scraped paws.
When some dogs are left by their owners, they defecate or urinate due to anxiety. Unfortunately, there is still no evidence that could explain why your dog develops separation anxiety.
23. Learn and anticipate your dog’s actions
Evaluate and anticipate your dog’s actions. It is essential to know more about your dog and know how your dog is feeling. It is known if your dog is happy, sad, afraid or stressed. Remember, one of the primary purposes of dog training is to be closer to your dog, build a stronger relationship with your dog and to make your dog trust you more.
If your dog pants a lot and tends to have a behavior that repeats a lot, this may be a sign that your dog could be anxious. Like humans when they are uncomfortable or anxious, dogs will try to flee or escape when they are also frustrated, uncomfortable, or anxious. Withdrawal of some reason occurs during ages of 8 to 10 months.
Anxieties, phobias and things they fear develops around the age of 12 to 36 months. When your dog is a little scared, it may tuck their tail, withdrawal, tries to flee, or escape or your dog is shaking or trembling. If your dog is panicking, again, they will try to escape the premises or even defecate. Be careful, if your dog is panicking there is a tendency, it might hurt itself.
It is both a learning experience for you and your dog!
The last step in dog training behavior is proofing. Proofing is when sessions are excited into new environments, different levels of distractions and situations. Proofing is also to make sure that the behavior that was learned will not be quickly forgotten.
For example, if you want your dog to learn how to sit down, expose him to different environments/ places. It means to perform your dog will be taught with the same command in different areas. In this way, your dog will master the command. Start with training your dog in places with fewer distractions like your kitchen. Then if he learns the skill, move to another location such as the park.
The same principle is applied to human behavior. For example, if your mother wants you to have a good posture, she would tell you to “sit properly,” or “stand properly.” You are not only told to do this only at home but also in other places when she caught you in a bad posture. She is reminding you of every possible event when she grabs you in a bad position to correct this undesirable action. It can also be applied to dogs. This is why proofing is essential. It is to ensure to correct an undesired behavior, or your dog have learned a behavior.
25. Your dog’s language
The moment your dog was born and as it grew up, let me straight up tell you that it apparently does not understand English or any language perhaps. Since they do not understand any language that we humans understand; the tones of your voice and body movement are fundamental. They matter most than the words you command. The tone of your voice gives off a specific message, and its meaning may take affect your dog directly, and its response may vary.
Some studies show our dogs can pick up the tone of our voices and it might be a factor on how they respond to it. It varies to how they would react to our commands or requests. There are different kinds of the tone of voices such as upward, downward, and circumflex.
An upward intonation is questions that can be answered by yes or no. Upward intonations can also be a series of words that have intoned upwardly. Downward intonation can be demand, or a statement or questions. Circumflex are words that rise upward then downwards such as really, good job, etc.
Researchers also suggest that dogs can pick up on the change of tone of voice, intonation, and volume. They can pick up on our paralanguage and in the way we talk.
26. Books off the shelf
There are tons of books that offer more great help in dog training such as:
Before and After Getting Your Dog The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Dr. Ian Dunbar – He focuses more on how to properly handle leashes and his techniques are more like a drill, and it is based on competitive obedience, another way to keep your dog on its paws!
101 Dog Tricks by Chalcy and Kyra Sundance – An Easy Step by Step Instructions to make Obedience Training Easier!
Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems By Cesar Millan – Highly recognized dog trainer, Cesar Millan, together with Mellissa Jo Peltier helps you train your dog to remove its bad behaviors but concerning the dog’s point of view.
The Art Of Raising A Puppy by The Monks Of New Estate – A classic book for wanting to read on methods of raising a dog especially with a breed that is German Shepherd.
27. Tips from the web
If you are on a budget and you are in need, there are great channels on youtube that has videos about dog training for free. Also if you are someone who reads a lot, hundreds of videos will guide you on your dog training journey.
Here are some names of youtube channels you should check out:
Zak’s George Dog Training rEvoultion
BrightDog Academy Dog Training
Maybe cable or your television can help you with your furry friend problem. There are television shows that shred information regarding this light. There is the Dog Whisperer series, lucky dog; it is the dog or me, dogs in the city, greatest American dog, at the end of my leash and many others!
Some people learn through videos. They are called visual learning style. It is said that most of the brain is more on processing the information we acquire visually. Our brain responds to knowledge we obtain visually.
28. Dog Training Programs
Keep an eye out for local dog training programs that offer intensive programs to keep your dog in its best shape! Tons of dog training programs are also offered online such as Petco, animal behavior college, the academy for dog trainers and many other helpful dog training programs.
These classes can aid your dog while you fight your way through your busy schedule. These classes promise to expose your dog to new environments, experiences, and opportunity for your puppy! Your puppy can develop skills at the same time interact with other dogs and people. Remember, it is important for puppies to socialize. These programs promise you to teach your dog good manners that you would desire.
As they say, a trained dog is a delightful addition to the family! Plus with these classes, you will never have to be worried about the safety of your children around the dog(s). With a controlled dog, there are lower chances of harm towards any of your loved one ones or less danger any other situation or in any casualties.
With these classes, owning a pet will be easy and fun!
Through these programs, it can help connect dog owners and socialize. Who knew these programs could help humans socialize more?
Keep an eye out for local dog training programs that offer intensive programs to keep your dog in its best shape!
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29. Dog Training Supplies
There are dog training supplies such as clickers, agility equipment, dog training collars, bark collars, dog whistles, leashes, sonic bark deterrents, dog training leashes and more.
They are offered in local pet shops and websites such as Amazon, Petsmart, Petsafe and many more!
When you are writing, you are going to need pencil or pens and a paper. Just like dog training, in dog training, tons of equipment can help you in achieving your goal. Even in agility training, supplies are highly recommended. There are tons benefits of using equipment in agility training like in aspects like mental, physical and social. Dog training supplies can help him physically by providing good cardio for your dogs.
With all the running, jumping, leading your dog to jump over poles and many other exercises can whip up your dog into shape. Having tools for dog training supplies can help you in the mental aspect by making sure your dog by making sure that your dog can receive its mental stimulations correctly. Lastly, tools can benefit your dog in its agility training because for your dog to learn, he/ she have to participate and be willing to learn. Because of these sessions, your dog can learn to engage and interact with other dogs.
30. Don’t compare your dogs to others
Your dog may or may not do that backflip you saw in a video on the internet but it is doing its best to make you proud, and that is what that matter most. Accept your dog as it is. No matter what your dog will love you unconditionally as you do so don’t worry! Oranges do not grow overnight, do they?
Every snowflake, fingerprint, or child is different. Every child is unique, and so are dogs. Again, good things come in due time. Your dog may have thousands of dogs with the same breed and looks exactly same as you, but your dog will only have those memories of you.
Every dog has a different pace. Always be patient on this journey to training your dog. I will reassure you that your dog will forever be thankful.