Dog Training Tips
We have compiled some dog training tips we have learned through
the training of our dogs. We are not dog trainers by trade, and would
appreciate any corrections (firstname.lastname@example.org).
First, here are our dogs:
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- General Notes
- It is amazingly important to be consistent
and repetitious with the training. Failure to be consistent will prevent the
dog from learning the appropriate cues. Failure to be repetitious
will prevent the dog from remembering the lessons. Always give the
commands the same way, and do it often until it has been learned and
remembered. Again, Consistency and Repetition. Repetition and Consistency.
- Use verbal cues to make the dog understand. When correcting bad behaviour,
make sure the dog knows you are angry. Be loud and let the anger be clear
in your voice. When giving a command, do it authoritatively. Project from the
diaphram! Don't whine like Colonel Klink (Hooogannn!) but command like
General Patton. Do it! When praising your dog, let the happiness come
through. You've done a good job! Make your dog feel good -- they've
done the right thing.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
Everyday. Several times. Just like when you learn something, frequent
practice for short periods are much better than infrequent long study
sessions. Practice frequently, and in different places so that your dog
learns that commands always apply, just not in the house or in the yard.
- Consistency in commands. Give the dog the command once,
not twice or thrice. Your dog has much better hearing than you. You
don't need to repeat the command. Give it once, and if the dog fails
to obey then correct. And don't make the commands optional. If you
give your dog a command make sure they follow it, or correct them
- End training the right way. Finish the training
with an obedient dog. Don't let the dog win a session, it'll make it
harder the next time. Pick a point when the dog is being obediant to end
- Basic Training
- General Objectives
To stop any undesired behaviour that the dog has learned and to teach
the dog to be consistently obediant despite any environmental distractions.
- Correction/Reward Cycle
It is important to consistently
correct bad behaviour. It is also important to reward
- Correcting the dog
There are many methods
of correcting the dog. Typically these include choke collars, water squirt
guns, electroshock, and sound. We don't like the idea of electroshock
("electric collars"), and our dogs didn't have an aversion to being
sprayed in the face with water. So we opted for choke collars. Despite
the common name (also known as slip collars or snap collars), they
are not intended to choke the dog. They are intended to pinch the fur
or neck skin in such a way to immediately grab the dog's attention, but
without causing actual harm. To do this, it is very important to
use them correctly. Incorrect use can hurt the dog. And choke collars
should never be left on an unattended dog.
Correct use of the choke collar means that it is put on correctly: The ring
that slips should go under the neck around to the top, and the ring
that attaches to the leash should be on the top of the neck. Since
a dog should heel on your left side, the collar should wrap
around (from slip to leash)
in a counter clockwise direction (with the dog facing you).
There should be no other collars (including flea collars) between the
choke collar and the dog's skin. When you apply correction using the
choke collar, you start out with slack in the leash. Snap the leash suddenly
so that the collar slides tight. Some fur and skin from the back of the neck
will catch in between the rings and chain and pinch the dog. This
is very much like how a mother dog will correct a puppy - grabbing the
skin at the back of the neck with her teeth.
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Training Your Dog