Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog Training. By Sauville Grandjean.
The first golden rule when training your dog is to teach your dog its name. Use it on a regular basis, call your dog by its name every time you play with it. Once your dog is aware of its name and comes when called then you are ready to make the leap and begin obedience training. The very next big thing on your priority checklist should be to toilet train and house train your dog. Do you really wish to have to put up with your dog eliminating everywhere in the house for more than you really have to? Of course not, so it is necessary that you deal with this as quickly as you can. Over the course of the training process accidents are inevitable, particularly if you've got a puppy, puppies cannot hold it in that long yet however they'll be able to hold it in longer as they get older. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to simply clean up the mess till your dog has been toilet trained.
Bring yourself into a training session committed to focusing on your dog to the same extent that you are asking him to focus on you. Avoid training when you are distracted or pre-occupied. This is basic respect and consideration, no more than you would give any good friend! To be attentive to your dog, you don't need to stare at him, but you should be aware of him. An effective trainer is aware, present, and ”in the moment” while training, ready and able to note and reward any and all good responses, as they happen. And if your dog gives a response you weren't hoping for? Instead of drawing attention to it, verbally or otherwise, ignore it and move on! Drawing attention to poor responses often simply cements them in the dog's brain, and makes it more likely that he will offer it again. Focus your energy and attention on behaviors you want to see again. As you practice this approach to working with your dog, you will soon find that your dog will be working to gain your attention by doing those things you like. As your dog's behavior steadily improves, voluntary cooperation increases, your relationship with your dog gets stronger, and you both have more fun training. Kind of hard to find a down-side to that, don't you think?
Because reward training is so effective, it's currently one of the most popular dog training techniques. At its heart, reward training works because you reward your dog with a treat or tidbit of food whenever he does what you ask. Most owners accompany the food reward with verbal praise. The food and praise are positive reinforcement which helps your dog learn to associate the action he performed with good things (food and praise) and encourages him to repeat that behavior again.
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