Obedience training means training your dog to be well behaved – and that means something different to every dog owner and their dog.
Some with big dogs need loose leash walking and no jumping. Others with small dogs may not have a pulling problem but want to solve other issues with their dog like begging at the table.
I like to use positive reinforcement training (food treats). And if you are comfortable, get the hang of using a clicker in your dog training. A clicker is used to click when your dog does what you want. The reasons a clicker works so well is that no matter who clicks, to say “good dog” it sounds the same.
Timing is critical in dog training. For example, if you are teaching a sit, you click the exact second your dog sits – then quickly treat your dog. If you are not comfortable with using a clicker, simply say, “Good!” when your dog gives you the behavior. Again, your voice will do just fine.
Tips On Obedience Training Your Dog To Make it Easier:
Scheduling you dog’s training
Make sure you are consistent in training your dog every day – ideally at the same time each day. This will provide your dog with an expected dog training routine. You will find that your dog is more motivated if you schedule your training when he’s been crated for a while and just before mealtimes. Schedule 3 obedience training sessions each day and keep them short – 2-3 minutes max will do the job.
Where you train is important
Practice in your house at first where there are few distractions. Then, once you dog is doing will with little distraction, begin to add distractions that will be important to you; lots of kids around the house, in your back yard or in other environments like Starbucks.
Always train your dog on leash
Always train your dog on leash – yes, even in the house. Always using the leash will keep your message the same: you are always in control. It will also keep him from drifting out of the classroom until the bell rings!
Treats for training
Always use high value treats to teach your dog new commands. Change up your treats often to keep your dog guessing as to what he will be getting that day – he’ll stay motivated!
Setting up daily routines is good for your dog
Establish a pattern of routines that he can predict will happen every day. By this I mean, things as simple as sitting for his meals, sitting for affection from you, sit or down for access to your furniture, sit before walks. This will keep his stress and anxiety down minimizing any dog behavior problems because he understands that “he gives you something you want and then he gets what he wants”. It’s always the same, and the sameness is important to him.
Dog obedience training is important. Not only does it give your dog a sense of working for you but it helps you to establish commands to which you can redirect unwanted dog behavior , i.e. sit instead of jumping up, lay down instead of begging at the table or walk nicely instead of pulling on leash.
Remember – be patient and have fun with your dog.
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Jim Burwell is a “thanks for making the impossible, possible” professional dog trainer having trained 20,000+ dogs and counting and serving more than 7,000 clients. Jim’s easy to follow, common sense, and positive methods have made him the “dog trainer of choice” for 30 years. One of his clients says it best: There are people who are so good at, and passionate about, what they do, that in their presence, one can’t help thinking that they have found their true calling and are doing exactly what they should be doing on this earth. Jim is one of these rare people. His quiet and understated manner, his effective technique for training dogs (and their families) is something which I feel fortunate to have witnessed and in which to have been an active participant. Jane Wagner
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