The Right Way to Train a Dog
We have all heard endless advice on how to train dogs, and by the time we reach adulthood we have witnessed a variety of approaches... Unfortunately, most of them are incorrect.
The proper training of your new pet will build the foundation for a rewarding, lifelong friendship. So, before you get started, throw out every preconception you might have about dog training and start fresh.
Training can begin as early as seven weeks of age for puppies.
How to Begin...
Like people, no two dogs are alike. Your approach to training should complement your dog's unique personality.
Take some time to get to know your new pet. Develop a good understanding of his needs and idiosyncrasies, and learn to love him before you embark on your training program.
When it's time to train, put aside the challenges of your day, set your frustrations aside, and focus on the positive relationship you would like to have with your dog.
Basic Dos and Don'ts...
Offer positive reinforcement, love, praise and affection at all times. Your dog will love you for it and reward you.
Never strike, yell at, or punish your dog. This will only hurt him and make him afraid of you. Verbal and physical abuse is ineffective in training.
Pick a quiet, secluded area for training. The fewer the distractions, the better.
Limit sessions to 15 minutes during the first two weeks of training. You can gradually increase training time based on your dog's temperament, age, willingness to work, and attention span.
Use friendly, high pitch tones to communicate praise, and firmer (but non-threatening) tones when correcting your dog.
Use your hands for petting, hugging, cuddling and expressing affection to your dog. Never use them to threaten him.
Most importantly... BE PATIENT.
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