Teaching Your Dog Yourself

Know Your Dog

The biggest determinants of a dog’s learning style are going to be the breed, or mix of breeds and the personality. Is the breed a high strung, energized breed? Or a lap dog? They both require very different training approaches. A bold, social dog will require a different approach then a timid or fearful dog. You will have to tailor your training style to fit your dog’s breed and personality. So get to know your dog, train, practice, have fun and enjoy yourselves outside and in!

Picture retrieved from Google Images, February 4th, 2014.
Picture retrieved from Google Images, February 4th, 2014.

Be Confident

Dog’s can sense insecurity and it makes them scared because they see the fear as an unpredictable threat. Do what you need to do to feel in control. Use Positive self-talk before a training session, take your dog to a professional so you can learn together, train in different areas, attend different venues. Be motivated to learn with your dog and have fun!

Picture retrieved from Google Images February 6th, 2014.
Picture retrieved from Google Images February 6th, 2014.

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Consistency

When you train your dog, you have to be consistent. If you don’t want your dog on your bed, but 2 out of 10 times you let them sleep there, than you’re inconsistent. Consistency in the human – dog relationship helps build trust. This is why a steady emotional mind set during training sessions is important t too.

Spare The Treats

Providing treats at unpredictable intervals, but not EVERYTIME maintains focus on learning the new behavior and not on being food focused. Remember that your dog wants to work for you and make you proud. So don’t underestimate positive reinforcement through praise.

Training your dog yourself promotes bonding between the two of you and should be an enjoyable challenge.

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