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Dog Training Tips ~

Sometimes, people have problems training due to too much distance. You need to understand that all training becomes easier when you keep distances short. Sometimes, this means that you keep the dog on leash – at least until you have succeeded in teaching  the basic understanding of what you want him/her to do on your command.

Use whatever motivation gives you the best results, whether it is food, tennis ball, a Kong, or a rag with knots. These are all tools. They don’t matter much for the reaction you want from the dog’s side – except for the fact that you should use whatever gives you the easiest/quickest access to the results you are seeking. And the most important part of the result is that you get the dog to perform the action on your command. The circumstances that you achieve your wanted results are unimportant. Once you have taught the reaction in a more controlled kind of situation, it is so much easier to repeat the teaching in another situation that previously was too tough for achieving success.

One of the most important skills you need to acquire in order to become a good dog trainer is to develop your ability to identify situations that will allow you a break-through success in your training. Whatever it is – you can always expand from such a “training bridge”. It does not matter whether or not it fits with your ultimate objective. As I explained, it is much, much easier to repeat a learning sequence in a new situation than it is to develop it from scratch in a situation that might cause too much challenge.

Determine your dogs attention span time. If your dogs attention wanders after about 15 minutes stop at 10 minutes. Always leave them wanting more. Always end training on a positive note after a success. And keep in mind that training is supposed to be fun for the both of you. It is a great tool for building a strong bond between you and your dog. Everyone in the family should have turns at training your dog especially the children since it also establishes pack order. It also gets everyone on the same page in how to handle your dog so he/she doesn’t receive “mixed signals” from various members of the family. *

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