If you’ve never tried dog training before and is very curious of what it will do to your dog, then you must not waste time and get started now. There are many ways to become successful in this endeavor, but you must realize that all things won’t happen overnight. You won’t have a super smart dog that does whatever you want in an instant. It takes time, great effort, time and great effort. So, if you want to begin seeing changes in your dog, the following tips will make it way easier for you:
- Everything must be structured – You cannot just jump into the training session without thoroughly planning everything. You don’t want to just throw some commands with both you and your dog clueless of what’s going to happen next. Therefore, plan everything ahead. Make an outline, list down the things you need for the training, and write down basic commands you’ll teach your dog for the entire duration of the session.
- Ascertain leadership – This must come next once you’ve prearranged everything. Doing so, gives your dog the idea that you’re his leader and he must follow you at all times. Being leader entails taking full control of your every dog’s move. Since you’re just starting with the dog training, it is best to control him of two basic things: playing and eating. Dogs have the tendency of munching or playing all the time. So, as much as possible, try to curb these habits before it becomes worse.
- Jumpstart the training with dog obedience – After establishing leadership between the two of you, the next step is to employ obedience training. You can do this by giving easier and simpler commands at the outset. Remember not to be harsh on the initial stages of your training. Understand your dog and always employ encouraging words and praises. The presence of treats would also do the trick. After your dog gets the hang of the training, make it a point to follow it up with constant practice.
- Provide and obtain respect – A lot has been said about this, dogs must learn when to draw the line and you must be there to teach them how to. Respect is earned and in order for you to win this, you must always be firm and consistent of the rules imposed. If your dog is not allowed to stay in your bedroom, then he’s not allowed. If he’s permitted yet is likely to get down the moment you say down and not after countless times of repeating the same command.
- The tone of your command matters – Dog training is isn’t all about commanding and gesturing your pooch of what to do. Oftentimes, the tone of your voice plays a big role. A low and serious voice when you want to prevent him from doing something bad, a firm and commanding voice when you want him to follow your orders, and a cheerful high-pitched tone of voice when you want to have an easy time and play with your dog.
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