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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #041 - Successful Obedience Training
August 15, 2009
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Table of Contents
A guide to Successful Obedience Training
Below I have listed some tips to keep in mind when working with your dog.
I did not rank them, as they are all very important to keep in mind as they will only aid you in bonding, understanding, and interacting positively with your four-legged friend:
Know what your doing.
Before commencing any type of training, do your research first!
To often, pet owners try to do all the work their way, get frustrated and take out their frustrations on their pet.
Having an understanding of the methodology behind the many types of training, will benefit you to know end.
Being consistent with your approach is very very important when dealing with your dog in any aspect of life.
When working with your dog try to use the same approach each time.
Changing training methods mid session for example will only confuse your dog even more than he-she already is.
Furthermore, set up training time at least twice a day, and keep to these times.
Training time is important, the more sessions you set up the more productivity you can expect in the long run.
Keep your sessions short.
The attention span of a dog is frail at the best of times, thus it is crucial to keep the sessions short.
Remember keep the sessions short but do not sacrifice content. Rome was not built in a day.
Keep training sessions fun.
Dogs as do people, like to have fun, and why shouldn't they?
Training can be fun for you and your pet!
Be lively, treat good behavior, praise your dog to no end, make him feel like he is the best dog in the world, even if he's not!
Remember you are trying to teach your dog!
Your dog is a non-english speaking individual, lacking house manners, behavioral skills, curticy, do I need to continue??
Take your time, play to your dog's strength, praise, respect, keep sessions short and compact, and have fun!
Reward good behavior.
The best way to reinforce good behavior is to reward it.
Others may disagree with this statement, but through my experience with my own dog and others around me, I have found that rewarding good behavior can only aid in maintaining that behavior.
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