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Easy Training Tips For Canines

Updated on April 3, 2017

Be Fair but Firm

Canines can be trained to do almost anything. Repetition is the key to getting a dog or puppy to understand what you are trying to teach.
Canines can be trained to do almost anything. Repetition is the key to getting a dog or puppy to understand what you are trying to teach. | Source
Dogs love to play fetch and it also will help keep your dog in good shape. Of course you as the owner can walk with your pet and get exercise yourself.
Dogs love to play fetch and it also will help keep your dog in good shape. Of course you as the owner can walk with your pet and get exercise yourself. | Source
Dogs love to work and do things for their owner including participating in dog shows in front of massive crowds.
Dogs love to work and do things for their owner including participating in dog shows in front of massive crowds. | Source

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Training With Patience And Love

When training dogs, it is very important to have patience, time and treats for your dogs to reward them. Just remember not to give up and repetitiveness is the key.

Positive reinforcement, when good behavior is performed, is a training method that has been working for hundreds of years. This is a great way to let your dog know he is doing a behavior that is warranted. He does something good, he is rewarded with a treat. Remember dogs have a very short attention span so, you must try your best to keep their attention by training them in peace and quiet and without distractions. If there are young children around or other dogs around, you may find it difficult to keep the attention of your own dog. On the other hand, one can argue, that training in an area where there are distractions, forces the dog to focus only on you. So, that when there are distractions, you will have their full attention. It is easy to give in to a puppy when they have behaved badly and just think, oh, I will just let it slide this one time. Puppies are like children in a way. The puppy could be testing the authority figure to see how far that figure can be pushed. It is important and easier for everyone involved to be consistent with the discipline and do it early on.

Puppies learn from other dogs easier than humans. If you are fortunate to have a fully grown, fully trained dog, then the training should be a lot easier. The puppy will see the actions of the fully trained dog, and imitate them. For example, if you are training a puppy to sit, have him watch the fully trained dog sit and receive a treat. In their minds they will see the action, and see the positive reinforcement, that the grown dog got for the action. The same thing will work for negative actions. If the young puppy sees the trained dog get in trouble for an action that was taken, then they will remember that and hopefully not repeat the same negative action.

Dogs are a great companion to the lonely when they are acting the way that they are supposed to. They do a great job in our lives, as service animals.

Puppy pads: Be sure to place puppy pads near the door when it is time for the puppy to go to the bathroom it will know to use the puppy pads and eventually the pads can be moved and the dog trained to go outside to use the bathroom. Ideally, I think it is nice to see a dog go outside to the restroom but, where you live may not be conducive to going outside. If you have a small dog, then puppy pads are the way to go for sure. There is almost no mess and easy clean up.

Discipline: Make sure your dog knows where it's pen or cage is. When it does wrong or just misbehaves, make it go to the cage. I have found that making the dog "go home" as we call it, is the cage for my dog. She is smart and understands that she has done something wrong. She always droops that head down because, she knows when she is doing something wrong.

If you are encouraging the dog to go to the window, to teach it to be a watchdog for you, you can once again have the trained dog show the puppy but, it is also important to teach the puppy by its self as well. To really make the puppy understand you can award it treats when it does what he was commanded.

I don't recommend using a choke chain to use while training. It is not only dangerous to the dog but, it is hard on their neck. On the other hand a leash must be used at times and you need to make sure your dog is leash friendly. A leash is a must when training a young dog to correct behaviors.

Make sure that each sound is a command and make it easy by using only one word or two for the command. Just remember to keep it simple.

Teaching your dog not to jump: It is again with repetition that a dog learns but, it can also read your body language and the dog knows when you are not happy.

If your dog has a tendency to jump up on you, when the dog starts to jump up on you, fold your arms towards your body as flat as you can and turn so that the dog does not to jump on you or touch you. Granted, it will take several times but, once the dog just falls to the side each time it will decide, it does like that.

Socialization: Dogs are a lot smarter than people realize and are ready and willing to learn all the time. You have to properly socialize your dog with other animals and people. If you dogs has good social skills it will be easy to train them for commands or tricks.

Dog Training Classes: Although it is not required to have professional dog training classes, they are strongly recommended, if you have the money. The major pet stores usually have these classes for a pretty reasonable price. They will teach 4-5 commands, while you watch and learn yourself. After the puppy has gone through the training classes, you can use the treats at home and reinforce the command given to the dog. Always remember to use the dog's name at the beginning of the command.

Good luck with your dog and its training.

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      Nancy McLendon Scott 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks! I enjoyed your hub on training your dog....have had dogs for years----they've all needed to be trained (lol)....you have excellent pictures too. How did you get that one with the dog looking as though he's sweeping or picking something up? I love it!

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