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7 very helpful dog training tips

  • by Prady
  • 18,Jun 20
7 very helpful dog training tips

  • 1

    Dogs are not born understanding English

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The new puppy you brought home two days ago has no idea what the word “no” means. Instead of expecting him to drop whatever it is he’s doing, show him what you want him to do instead.

  • 2

    Understand that a puppy is an infant dog – not a miniature adult

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Adjust your expectations accordingly, considering his physical and mental limitations. Before you know it, he will be grown up!

  • 3

    Dogs do the things that we reinforce

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Those behaviors you don’t like? We usually have ourselves to thank. Owners inadvertently reinforce all kinds of undesirable things, from excessive barking at the doorbell to counter surfing. Keep leaving food within reach on the counter, and your dog will learn that it’s worth his while to check.

  • 4

    Listen to Your Dog

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Learn to listen to your dog. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger problems down the line.

  • 5

    Does He Really Like It?

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Just because the bag says “a treat all dogs love” doesn’t mean your dog will automatically love it. Some dogs are very selective about what they like to eat. Soft and chewy treats are usually more exciting for your dog than hard and crunchy treats. Keep your eyes open for what he enjoys.

  • 6

    Tell Him What You Want Him to Do

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There is nothing inherently wrong with telling your dog “no,” except that it doesn’t give him enough information. Instead of telling your dog “no,” tell him what you want him to do. Dogs don’t generalize well, so if your dog jumps up on someone to say hello and you say no, he may jump higher or he may jump to the left side instead of the right. A better alternative would be to ask him to “sit.” Tell him what you want him to do in order to avoid confusion.

  • 7

    Learn to be quick with treats and praise

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If the treat comes more than a few seconds after your pup has done what you’ve asked, he has no idea what he did to earn it, or you may inadvertently reward the wrong behavior. He’s happy to take it, but you failed to reward what you were teaching.

Did you do obedience training with your dog?

No
Yes, on my own
Yes, in a group class environment
Yes, one on one with trainer

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