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Dog Training Tips

Before we actually start puppy training or even thinking about it, it's important that we get ourselves in the right frame of mind. If we do this and know where we are going, we will be much less likely to violate certain training rules that may hinder or prevent us from attaining our goals. Additionally, we want to prevent ourselves from doing anything that may adversely affect the relationship we hope to develop with our puppy. So Rule #1 is 

Dog Training Tips

We have had so many people asking us to start a new Dog Training Obedience Class and we will but in the meantime I want to give YOU some Training Tips to be using on your dog.

RULE #1.

Rule #1.      Always Be Consistent

                                                       The First Rule of general training is Always Be Consistent. There should

                                                    NO   exceptions here if you want the training to go as rapidly and as easily

                                                       as possible. This relates to your actions and words. From the very start you

                                                       need to decide exactly what you are trying to teach or control and how you

                                                       will do it. If you are going to use a certain word or phrase as part of a command

                                                       or in conjunction with a certain point you are trying to make, ALWAYS say the

                                                       EXACT same THING in the EXACT same TONE of voice. This is IMPORTANT for

                                                       ALL members of the HOUSEHOLD or anyone else working with the puppy.

                                                       EVERYONE that is INVOLVED in the training SHOULD know and USE the SAME

                                                       EXPRESSIONS. EXAMPLE the Come Command It obviously will not make things go

                                                       faster if you use the word " COME, " your spouse uses the word " HERE, " and

                                                       one of the children uses "  Yo, Boy." ALL of this simply confuses the dog.

                                                       Remember, we are trying to train him in our language, we can not expect the

                                                       puppy to be multilingual at any age.


                                                       Every time you give a command or are working on a training point, consistently

                                                       carry it through to completion. If you VERY GENTLY tug or pull on the leash for

                                                       them to come to you and then become distracted and forget what you are doing.

                                                       If you start pulling or tugging the puppy/dog but then stop halfway to you,

                                                       he/she becomes confused. The puppy/dog is suppose to come to you, ALL the

                                                       way to you. If you do not insure that happens, they may think that it is ok, when

                                                       given the " COME " command, to only come in part way to you or completely

                                                       ignore the command.


                                                       Try to expect the same reaction from the puppy/dog each time. If you use any

                                                       form of praise or reward for a job well done, be consistent on how well the task in

                                                       question is completed before the praise or reward is forthcoming. If

                                                       the puppy/dog has been given the Command to sit, DO NOT praise him if he

                                                       only bends his rear legs a little bit. People love to praise their dogs and

                                                       sometimes they are so anxious to do this that he/she is hearing a string of

                                                      "Good Boys"/ "Good Girls" but he/she has NOT yet completed what they were

                                                       suppose to. Over time this tells the puppy/dog that they do not have to sit all

                                                       the way down but rather a slight crouch will do. The puppy/dog will believe

                                                       that close is good enough. AND IT IS NOT.


                                                      When you start training your puppy/dog on a particular day, think of the next

                                                      few minutes as CLASSROOM time. When kids are in school they have classroom

                                                      time for learning, and recess for playing. The same should occur with your dog/

                                                      puppy. When you start a training session, maintain a consistent training attitude

                                                      for you  and your puppy/dog. Think TRAINING and NOT play. Work ONLY on

                                                      training issues and do them OVER and OVER. Stay in control so it does not

                                                      become playtime for the puppy/dog. When you are not in a training session,

                                                      be careful of what you say and do.


                                                      In the early stages of training, NEVER give a command unless you can control

                                                      the puppy/dogs actions. This is a part of consistency that many owners overlook.

                                                      EXAMPLE: you are currently in the process of teaching your puppy/dog the

                                                      "COME" Command. He/she does not respond every time yet, but is learning what

                                                      the word means. You in the backyard playing with puppy/dog and children. It

                                                      is recess, not classroom time. The puppy/dog is off the lead and suddenly takes

                                                      off after a wild rabbit. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT even think about saying

                                                     "COME"! You know the puppy/dog is not going to respond because their mind is

                                                      on the rabbit and only the rabbit. If you do scream "COME"  the dog

                                                      will be so distracted that they will not hear you. Because if he/she does recognize

                                                      the command but continues after the rabbit, the puppy/dog had just learned that

                                                      when you are not in control, they can get away with ignoring what you say.During

                                                      the training phase, when the pup is doing something, and you are in a position

                                                      that you are unable to control or restrain them do not say anything. Rather move

                                                      to the animal and stop or prevent them from what it is they are doing. In my

                                                      above example you have three correct choices. You can either let them continue

                                                      the chase or run away from them making a lot of noise like you are just having

                                                      the best time ever hooting and hollering. GO GET THEM. DO NOT scream " COME ".


                                                      Along the way you make modifications in your training method but from that

                                                      point on be consistent.You may find that certain styles of training work better

                                                      for your dog/puppy. That's okay but do not start switching back and forth. Just

                                                      because one command is going slow, you should NOT change from method to

                                                      method, hoping you find the magic formula that speeds up the process. This

                                                      rarely happens and in the interim, the puppy/dog may become hopelessly

                                                      confused. I have found that any individual pup/dog regardless of the method

                                                      used, may have trouble with a certain command but not the others. This probably

                                                      relates back to some experience in their past.



Rule #2.   Keep Training Sessions Short.    Dogs and especially puppies DO NOT posses long attention spans. Young

                                                           pups will not spend more then a few minutes chasing an exciting, moving

                                                           stimulus like a butterfly or bird. They simply lose interest and go on to the

                                                           next thing. The same is true with training, they burn out quickly and become

                                                           bored. After that nothing further will be learned. Most trainers including

                                                           my self suggest you leave training sessions at 10-15 minutes regardless of

                                                           the age of the animal. This seems to be a good duration for most dogs to

                                                           tolerate and enjoy. If this window of time is exceeded, the learning process

                                                           actually starts to go backwards. It's important that the puppy/dog enjoy

                                                           these sessions. If not they may resent the entire session. If forced to continue

                                                           training after they have lost interest, their same behavior may spill over into

                                                           future sessions. Keep their minds occupied and keep it fun.


                                                           Set up a schedule and stick to it. It's much BETTER to train for 10 minutes

                                                           a day everyday  than 60 minutes once a week. Plan to have your training time

                                                           revolve around the pups/dog schedule. Don't expect the puppy/dog to be a

                                                           ball of energy and willing to learn if you try to work on the commands when

                                                           it would normally be time to nap or eat. PLAN Training sessions when

                                                          distractions would be at a minimum. If you have young children, it might go

                                                          better if you trained while they are at school or in some way occupied.


                                                          There's ways to get in additional training time other than the brief scheduled

                                                          periods and these extra ones CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT. If your animal is doing

                                                          something that you are trying to train him to do, use obvious opportunities

                                                          to reinforce the command. Best case scenario would be when you getting ready

                                                          to feed the puppy/dog. You've learned that as soon as the animal hears you

                                                          filling the bowl they automatically come running. As soon as he/she comes

                                                          running toward you, bend down with the bowl and say " COME. " It is a free,

                                                          cannot fail training session. EXAMPLE  when you trying to train the puppy not

                                                          to do something. Lets say you trying to keep him from JUMPING ON PEOPLE.

                                                          You learn that every time you first come home, the puppy/dog rockets

                                                          through the house and jumps up on your leg. BE PREPARED when he JUMPS

                                                          UP DO NOT LOOK AT, TOUCH, OR TALK TO HIM/HER and IMMEDIATELY

                                                          TURN YOUR BACK. Keep your back turned to them even if you have to rotate

                                                          around to do so. UNTIL they calm completely down. Then in a NORMAL TONE

                                                          Praise and treat if you can. Some people say to put light pressure on their

                                                          toes. Then immediately bend down and greet them like you normally do. I

                                                          suggest the first, and teach the first. Whenever you can control the animal or

                                                          know what they are going to do, it's a good idea to use these situations as a

                                                          continuation of your training.



























RULE  #3

Rule #3.      STAY CALM AND IN CONTROL     The Third Rule in general training is to stay calm and in control. This is

                                                                where most people fail in training. By staying calm and in control I am

                                                                talking about you, not the dog. In training situations you can never lose

                                                                control or get excited because when you do you may become mad, lose

                                                                your temper, and do something exceptionally stupid. Training should be

                                                                enjoyable for you and the dog. If the puppy/dog is not having a good time

                                                                they will not learn anything. Likewise, if you are out of control or are not

                                                                enjoying yourself you are not teaching anything.


                                                                During the training there should be NO distractions for the puppy/dog to

                                                                contend with. You should guide them through the command so that she

                                                                does it and is then praised for the successful completion of the task. If you

                                                                are excited or angry your puppy will pick up on this and NOT be thinking

                                                                about the task in question. You have to be focused in order for the

                                                                puppy/dog  to concentrate on the training. You will learn that your

                                                               demeanor during training is directly proportional to the amount the

                                                               puppy/dog will learn. If you're up for this and enjoy it, the potential is

                                                               there for the puppy/dog to make good solid headway during the lesson.

                                                               But if you are down then the pups potential for anything good coming from

                                                               the session is also way down.


                                                               Carried to the extreme, if you get mad and lash out or treat the dog/puppy

                                                               harshly, you have destroyed any good that might have come out of this

                                                               individual training session. You have also set back the animals under-

                                                               standing of the particular command or act in question and put a black cloud

                                                               over the relationship between the two of you. When you do something to

                                                               another person that you should be sorry for, you can sincerely express

                                                               your regret and apologize if they are a forgiving nature, the act or unkind

                                                               words are forgotten. Unfortunately, you cannot sit down with your puppy/

                                                               dog and reason through the stupidity of your act. Whats done is done, you

                                                                                                                             must work long hours to regain the animal's trust. You'll need to take time

                                                               that should and would have been used for training just becoming their

                                                               friend again.


                                                               Some people do better in training if they use a system in which they do not

                                                               talk to the dog during training. You teach the command without using or

                                                               putting a verbal command to it. We will go over this method later but if you

                                                               tend to raise your voice when you sense that you are not in control ( or in

                                                               the process of losing control), this may be a useful technique to try. Most

                                                               people talk way to much while training their puppy/dog and for some this

                                                               becomes a stepping stone to shouting and anger.



Rule #4        Do Not Over Praise                In dog training, praise for doing something correctly can take a variety of

                                                              forms. Some prefer to give a treat, others may use the expression "Good-

                                                              dog," and a third group may only give a single, gentle petting action across

                                                              the dogs shoulders. They ALL work because they show to the dog that you

                                                              are pleased or approve of his actions. You said "COME," and the puppy came.

                                                              You indicated to the dog to sit, and he sat down. The animal did what he

                                                              was suppose to. Praise is important, but the animal needs only to recognize

                                                              this as a thank you for a job well done. You communicate to the dog that he

                                                              did something correctly and you are happy he did. If your form of praise is

                                                              Always consistent in method and amount. the puppy/dog will understand



                                                              Where many owners err is that they bury their animal in praise. Rather than

                                                              say a single "Good Dog," they get down on their knee and let out a string of

                                                              forty "Good Dogs." Instead of a single stroke over the shoulder, they give a

                                                              full body massage. Instead of a single small piece of a biscuit or treat, the

                                                              dog is given half a  box. ALL of these overdoses do the same thing. They

                                                              distract the dog from what it has just learned. Too much of a good thing

                                                              and the animal forgets what the two of you are doing. The command and

                                                              his response are no longer reinforcing correct behavior. The entire incident

                                                              may be lost in the past.



RULE # 5

Rule # 5.      Always End On A Positive Note     Every training session should end with praise. The last thing you ask

                                                                     or command your puppy/dog to do should be completed with the dog-

                                                                     puppy doing it correctly. Someday, when things are not going as well

                                                                     as you would prefer, for the last command, choose something that is

                                                                     easy and cannot fail. When the puppy/dog does it correctly, praise him/

                                                                     her and move someplace else for some recess time or relaxation.

                                                                     Ending a session on a bad note may continue into the next training

                                                                     period. You want the pup to finish one lesson and because of the praise,

                                                                     to look forward to the next session. Always remember to the dog,

                                                                     praise helps fulfill their desire to please you.



Rule # 6.      Forget Discipline   ( PUNISHMENT )     The most common reason people discipline their dogs is for

                                                                       something the animal did. NOTICE I didn't say "something the animal

                                                                      was doing" I used the past tense. People punish their dogs for

                                                                      something they did in the past. EXAMPLE :: You leave for work come

                                                                      home and find paper torn up in a quad zillion pieces ALL over the

                                                                      house. You did not catch the animal doing it, you only discovered it

                                                                      when you came in. You pick them up scold them and put them in the

                                                                      crate. ANOTHER  Your dog gets out runs ALL over the neighborhood

                                                                      and just will not come to you, then they go out of site you continue

                                                                      looking for another hour, finally you find them they are laying behind

                                                                      a bush. so to make them see the err of their ways you punish them.

                                                                      Maybe you used a rolled up news paper and spanked them. Neither

                                                                      of these animals had any idea what the spanking was for. They did

                                                                      not sit there thinking. "Gosh, I wonder what I did lately that deserved

                                                                      punishment?" DOGS DO NOT REASON. Just because they got punished,

                                                                      they do not assume they did something wrong. All they know is that

                                                                      their owners were mad and HIT them.



                                                                      Often punishment that occurs as part of training is brought about

                                                                      because the owner is impatient with the improvement of the dog.

                                                                      Some learn quicker than others. The owner is trying to push the dog/

                                                                      puppy through training too fast. Assuming the puppy/dog should

                                                                      already know the command or action. Be patient remember that with

                                                                     most training you are altering the natural instinctive behavior of the

                                                                     dog/puppy. The BEST punishment for an incorrect reaction in training

                                                                     is a lack of a reward. If they do it right they are praised, if they make

                                                                     a mistake there is NO praise. If praise from you is important, then a

                                                                     lack of it will send a message. PRAISE IS POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT,

                                                                     PUNISHMENT IS A DISTRACTION.



                                                                     There is a GOOD way to communicate with them when they are 

                                                                     CURRENTLY misbehaving, and it's NOT going to HURT anybody. In

                                                                     some cases a stern 'NO" is ALL that's required you CATCH them

                                                                     urinating in the house, you say "NO," PICK them UP and CARRY them

                                                                     outside RIGHT THEN. Dogs understand a change in the TONE of your

                                                                     Voice much better than they do most punishment.



                                                                     This day in time when children act up or do something wrong, they

                                                                     must live through a period of "TIME OUT."It's a new way of saying

                                                                    "GO TO YOUR ROOM" or "STAND IN THE CORNER." The same method

                                                                     CAN BE USED FOR DOGS. If they out of control, barking excessively,

                                                                     or jumping on the furniture, They are given some "TIME OUT." By being

                                                                     placed in a CRATE. A stern "NO" may also be part of the treatment.

                                                                     BUT MAKE SURE YOU CATCH THEM IN THE ACT OF WHATEVER THEY

                                                                     ARE DOING. DO THE CORRECTION RIGHT THEM ;;;;; DO NOT WAIT;;

                                                                     AND GET A SEPARATE CRATE FROM THE ONE THAT IS THEIR SAFE

                                                                     HAVEN THAT THEY SLEEP IN     ((((((     2 DIFFERENT CRATES     )))))))



                                                                     Lastly, in place of punishment you can simply choose to ignore them.

                                                                     Dog might bark to get a treat or go outside, if you want them to have

                                                                     neither, consistently ignoring  them will probably BREAK the behavior

                                                                     problem. If the barking don't work, and they don't get what they want

                                                                     the barking will probably stop.



                                                                     Most things we want to punish our dogs for indicate a lack of training.

                                                                     Rather than punish them for something you don't want. Train them to

                                                                     do what you would prefer. But before that can be accomplished, a firm

                                                                     "NO," being placed in a crate ( different one, ) or ignored will bring an

                                                                      end to most unacceptable behavior.




                              Now we would ask you to be honest with yourself, and ask can I train my Dog? Do you have 10

 Minutes a day? Can you practice over and over until you get it right? Do you have the patience to do these things? IF










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