Training your dog can get tough for the first few weeks. If your dog isn’t used to being trained everyday, then they may not want to cooperate. It is important in the first month that you make training fun and simple for your dog. That is why I have compiled a list of training tips to make training simpler for you and your dog.
- Make training times quick – Dogs have a short attention span, and puppies even shorter. If you just do one step a day with your training, your dog or puppy will learn more than if you try to teach them all in the one day. if you notice your puppy not listening or not cooperating, it is best to end the training session there and then, and come back tomorrow.
- Be Patient – Your dog or puppy won’t learn a new skill over night. It may take him a week to learn a skill, and in that week you must be patient with him, otherwise he won’t enjoy training sessions and won’t want to cooperate.
- Always reward when your dog does something right – If you don’t reward him for doing something right every time for the first few steps, then he won’t think that he is doing the right thing everytime, and may start doing the wrong thing.
- Praise your dog with words, treats and pats – If you just use food to reward your dog he may get sick of it and not cooperate as well as he would if you vary his rewards.
- Teach your dog the skills one step at a time – don’t rush the tricks, if you do your dog won’t learn them as well, and you may have to reteach them again.
- Make training part of your dogs daily routine – If you make training part of your dog’s daily routine, he wil get used to it in a few weeks. However, don’t put training time and play time together. If you play after training time your dog will want to get training over and done with so he can play or go for a walk. If you put training after playtime your dog will most likely be worn out and not cooperate with you.
- Make your voice firm but not angry – If your dog is slightly defiant, you need to let him know who’s boss. make you voice firmer when giving him commands, but try not to sound angry.
- Never reward your dog if he does the wrong move – For example, if you are teaching him to lay down and he only goes into a ‘Bow’ position, don’t reward him because he will believe this is the right thing to do. Simple correct the move with a simple and firm ‘No’ and try again.
- Use a leash if you dog tends to wonder – If your dog doesn’t want to stay with you during your first few training times then put him on a leash and hold it securly in your hand.
- Have Fun – Training is important, but enjoying the time you have with your dog everyday is important too. Don’t just think of training as a chore, but an enjoyable experience with your canine companion.
The Importance of Exercise In Your Dog’s Life
Like us, dogs need plenty of exercise everyday. It is very important that they get this exercise for the same reasons that we need ours.
However, when you do exercise your dog don’t over exhaust him. If he starts breathing hard give him a rest or stop the exercise. You must always have water available to him. If you take him for a walk outside your yard, take either a bowl you can fill with water or pour some water from a drink bottle for him to have. If your dog gets dehydrated this can be a serious problem.
Never feed your dog after or before you exercise him. Dogs can have problems with their stomachs if they eat near exercise.
But the main part of exercise is having fun with your dog. If you take your dog walking you and he will have much more fun doing exercise together. If you want tips on teaching your dog to walk on the leash, please see my article on Leash Lessons.
Rachel and the Dogs