Often dog owners believe that it takes too much time to train their dog. In today’s world where time is at a premium, you need quick easy methods for everything. The same is true for training your dog, you don’t have hours or even thirty minutes to try to make your dog behave the way you want. Is there an answer? You bet and it revolves around one word – consistency.
The easiest way to train your dog is to use treats (to begin to shape behavior- yes, you DO wean off food treats) and you need a positive attitude. When done correctly. you won’t believe how effective this way of training is, not only for getting your dog to behave, but for you building a relationship with your dog.
Does this require a lot of time – absolutely not. You can teach your dog just about any command or behavior in as little as 6 minutes a day – yes 6 minutes a day, done over several days.
Here’s how to do it: keep your training sessions short so the dog doesn’t get bored and neither do you. The key is quality repetitions of asking for and achieving the correct behavior–it’s called CONSISTENCY!
When you first begin dog training, practice in an area that is quiet and without too many distractions. As your dog begins to learn different commands you can add distraction that are related to the situation. For example, if you are teaching your dog to sit, first begin in a quiet area, then gradually take your dog outside and repeat the commands with the distractions of all that is going on in your backyard. Remember, add distractions slowly don’t overwhelm your dog.
Consistently practice the same command, the same way until your dog understands the command. It’s truly that simple.
Another trick to dog training is to keep your dog on a leash or line while you are training. This keeps him in the classroom and keeps you in control.
If you consistently train, using the same hand signals, the same words and your dog understands that you are the leader you can achieve amazing results in dog training.
Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are the teacher of your children. And remember, Opportunity Barks!