Some important things to remember while training your dog:
1.) Train them in places other than your backyard or on your street(if I had a nickel for every time I heard in class-“she does it perfect at home”)
2.) Train them on various surfaces such as the sand at the beach, rocks, grass, gravel, pavement
3.) There is no room for Anger and Frustration while training, dogs don’t understand humans, they want you to you to show them what to do! Anger and Frustration will only lead to a fearful dog. Raising a hand to a dog or smacking on the nose will only serve to create a hand shy dog that may eventually bite someone out of fear.
4.) Always remember you are responsible legally for your dog’s behaviour, so if your dog bites someone or another dog, be prepared for legal action and bills.
5.) So don’t blame them, train them and if you don’t know how, seek out professional help!
6.) Remember Practice makes perfect! You will get out of your dog what you put into training!
7.) Ask questions of your trainer(or heck even ask me on my blog)No questions are silly, people often think they are and then realize that half the room says oh yeh my dog does that too!
8.) Involve the whole family in training,(the dog is part of your family) or at least teach them what you learn at school so everyone is giving the same commands/training the same way. Dogs will get confused with conflicting methods.
9.) For crying out loud stop repeating yourself because Fido tunes you out after the first “Sit” command so saying “Sit, Sit, Sit” is futile! (I know you are looking around feeling guilty right now?) Dogs just need you to show them in a humane way how to sit(this does not include hanging them on gentle leader until their neck torques to get them to sit or whacking their butts into a sit). Please train humanely! It is the only way to achieve a happy, healthy dog.
10.) Plan to practice during your walks(people may think you look odd, but not any odder than they look with their dog dragging them down the street). At least two half hour walks a day are recommended for fairly active dog.
So think about the above and decide if you want to look odd for awhile training your dog on the street or have your dog yanking you over snow banks or into the streets! People often say to me, your methods are so simple yet humane and effective how come I didn’t think of this? I suppose it is the same reason that I don’t know how to fix a toilet. It is simple to my plumber but not to me. My school name stands for the following and I practice what I preach:
If you can’t follow through with training a dog or exercising twice per day then consider day care/dog walker to help out and you do the training and show the walker what you are doing. Don’t even dream of showing up at Dog school telling me you practiced all week!I know you practiced an hour before you came in! You can make up all the excuses in the book but here is the thing you got the dog, so put the effort in now, much easier than chasing them down the street, picking up at the pound, wiping out when he chases something. Another option is a board and train which often trainers will offer if you are really that busy. But you must follow through at home as well after.
There really isn’t a magic cure, just know that you have to do the above to have a well trained dog. People whose dog’s are sitting yapping in the car at the grocery store are doing that because they have never been socialized and can’t stand to have their owner away from them. (you think oh he loves to go for a car ride and isn’t that adorable he is yipping for me). No it isn’t grow up! He is extemely anxiety ridden because you left him. As he ages this could cause heart palpitations etc. So please if your dog is one of those, leave him home, he doesn’t like car rides that much! You are the one who wants him there!
What do I mean by the dog not being socialized properly? Running around at the dog park? Stay tuned for part two another day please, click follow! I am tired! Thanks for reading! Happy training!