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Tips For Training Your Puppy


  • Be consistent! Don’t let your dog do something part of the time, but not other times…Be sure everyone in your household is disciplining the dog with the same rules and commands.
  • Use simple one or two word commands when training or disciplining.
  • Give your command only once. If the puppy does not do what you asked after the first command, then physically put him into the position you asked for.
  • Never give your dog a command you cannot enforce.
  • Correct as soon as they misbehave. Give enough of a correction to stop the unwanted behavior and then immediately praise as soon as the animal stops.
  • One effective correction is worth more than 100 incorrect corrections.
  • Use lots of POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT!! They will learn more by knowing what to do, than what not to do. Tell them ‘good boy’ and pet them when they give you the appropriate response. They want to please you! ? Never discipline an animal for misbehaving unless you catch them in the act.
  • Never call a dog to you to punish him for misbehavior.
  • Never hit an animal. Your hand is their friend and should never be used as a weapon. A firm ‘NO’ will accomplish much more than a raised hand!
  • Don’t encourage behavior that can lead to bad habits, i.e.: tug-of-war, roughhousing, mouthing, etc.
  • Dogs can learn at any age. It is best to start early, but you can teach an old dog new tricks! Their learning depends on consistent and appropriate training.
  • Expose your dog to as many new and different situations as you can, especially while he is still young.
  • Train in as many different places away from home as you can.
  • Have fun with your dog. Play creates a happy and healthy dog.
  • Never train when you are in a bad mood.
  • Several short training sessions are much better than one long session.
  • If you are frustrated by your dog’s performance during a training session, do something that you know the dog can do well, and once he has done this one thing correctly, quit for the day.
  • Always end your training session on a good note.
  • There is no simple or quick method to properly train your pet. No matter how you chose to train your dog, set realistic goals and don’t give up until you have accomplished them. Be consistent, be patient, and praise your dog as often as you can.
  • Take an active, deliberate role in properly training your pet. Enroll in private or group obedience lessons, and read as many of the suggested resources as you can.

If You Want to Hire A Trainer

Trust your instincts. As in all professionals, some trainers are better than others are. If something doesn’t seem right to you, or you are uncomfortable, keep looking.

Cost is not necessarily synonymous with quality. There are many trainers and training facilities available, varying in method and cost. Shop around.

The objective of an obedience training program must be to develop communication in a manner, which does not violate your dog’s dignity.

All dog-owner bonds are unique and a trainer must respect this.

Look for a trainer who appreciates your perception of a particular problem.

A trainer must have patience.

A trainer must understand the influences that affect your dog’s learning capacity (temperament, environment, breed traits, etc.)

A good trainer will inquire about your dog’s health history, vaccination record, and nutrition. An underlying problem can cause or mask behavior problems.

Not all trainers are the same. Choose the best for you and your dog.

Shop around, ask questions, talk to your vet, check with the breeder of your puppy, visit a dog show and talk to exhibitors. Ask trainers for references and ask to visit a class in session.



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