Here are a few Real Keys that you will find helpful when training your dog, whether you are trying to train your dog to stop barking, come when they are called, sit, or other behavior that you're not happy with...
If you want to create a deep bond with your dog and get long lasting, rapid results, here are some crucial tips...
The first thing you must do is win your dogs mind. You will struggle all the way with your training if you don't start with this.
Winning your dogs mind means that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. I would recommend that before you do anything else, watch one of the amazing video on line that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. You don't want to set yourself and your dog up to fail, so make sure you put these things in place before you begin.
You need to know that your dog will listen at the crucial point, this could save their lives, you don't want them running off and doing their own thing. Your dog may play ball occasionally and even do what you ask 99% of the time. But if you want your dog to always listens to you and do as you ask every time, then you need to win your dogs mind.
Motivation is the second Key to Success
You must discover what your dog enjoys doing, whether it's chasing a ball or a toy for exercise, or you throwing a frizby, or just a simple walk, it is really important in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable for both of you, you'll find you will achieve more and they will look forward to training with you.
Every breed is different, some like to chase a ball or a stick, others love agility, others love the water and retrieving things, or simply just following their obedience training and pleasing you.
So start with what your dog loves and this will help them develop their skills, work with them, make their training a fun and enjoyable reward for your dog.
Here are the 3 Main Rewards:
Food- This could be a liver treat, dog biscuit or even small pieces of meat.
Affection- Lots of Strong Verbal Praise, Pats and Cuddles
Toys- Games, throwing whatever it is they love to play with, it could be a stick or a ball, or chasing your dog, they just love the interaction from you.
Remember that your dog is always going to work hard to please you, so be fair, if you don't want to use food, then give plenty of affection and praise when your dog does well. That way you'll gain their trust and respect.
Here are some tips when using food rewards:
Do not give food rewards every time
Always vary food rewards
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t obey you and come first time then do not give them the food reward.
Achieving perfection is the third key and that takes practice!
The key to success is learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last time. This is where rewards come in handy to motivate them and show your dog what it is that you want.
Don't break your dogs trust in you by using any negative training!
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I love that Dan is so gentle with the dogs that he trains, this is the way to get your dogs love and respect. Remember, YOU are their World.
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