5. Make Training Fun and Positive
If a dog isn’t having fun then they probably won’t enjoy their training sessions. While it is perfectly fine to be strict and want your pet to succeed, it is also fine to allow them to have fun while training. Remember that this is a positive experience and a perfect way for the both of your to bond. If your dog grows to hate training sessions then it will be harder to teach them new tricks later on down the road.
4. Train Frequently
While we did cover this a little bit, let us emphasize that your dog training sessions should be short and they should be frequent. If your dog has no previous experience with commands then you should consider training them twice per day. However, if you already have a command-savvy dog or one that doesn’t need much help then training them once per day should be just fine.
3. End Training Sessions on a Positive Note
You should always be ending your training sessions with your dog on a positive note. If your dog isn’t feeling up to par or is distracted, consider cutting the session shorter for that day. Try to practice things that you dog will enjoy and don’t continuously make them struggle. Make sure that you are starting your sessions with more difficult tasks and ending them with simpler ones. This will allow both you and your pet to leave a positive state of mind.
2. Reward Works Better Than Punishment
Some people believe that hitting their dog or punishing it will cause them to behave better. In fact, the opposite is true. Whenever you punish a dog for bad behavior, you simply reinforce or “anchor” that behavior with something negative. This in turn, causes your animal to subconsciously hold a grudge against you. On the other hand, positively shaping your dog’s behavior will ultimately make them a better pet and allow you to develop a much healthier bond with them.
1. Correct Behaviors from the Beginning
This is probably one of the most important tips you should remember. A dog’s behavior is typically determined by how it was raised. If the dog was allowed to do whatever it wanted as a puppy then it will likely do the same thing as an adult. Likewise, if you train a dog how to properly act when they’re young, they’ll likely carry the same features with them as they get older. This makes training them much easier and it will also make certain commands “stick”, since they’ve been adapting them as a puppy.