|Every walk is an opportunity for training|
But I click on them. Sometimes.
And since a well-trained, and even more importantly, a well-behaved dog is so important to their health and well-being, I'm pulling out all the tricks in getting your attention... and using a ridiculous headline.
But is it really all that ridiculous?
What if your dog is about to eat something dangerous or run after a critter? The leave-it command can keep them from getting into a sticky situation.
What if your dog is about to run across the street? A great recall can save their life.
So with that in mind, we bring you our top four secrets to a well-trained and well-behaved pup so that you both can enjoy a happy, healthy life together!
*National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) regional shelter survey
|Rocco practices "leave it"|
I believe in positive reinforcement training. That's the method that rewards good behavior for the desired action. A study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, compared the effects of 2 training methods (positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement) on both the behavioral welfare of the dog and the dog–owner. The results suggest that training methods based on positive reinforcement are less stressful and potentially better for the dog's welfare.
3. Consistency is crucial
Please be clear and consistent when working with your dog. Sit means sit. Down means down. Being consistent when training your dog builds the same kind of trust, loyalty and motivation that it builds in the workplace.
Think about it. What if your boss isn't clear about what they expect from you? Or they say one thing and then do something else? It's confusing and breeds mistrust and a lack of loyalty. Same goes for your pup.
3. Put the fun in fundamentals
If you're boring, your dog will be bored, too. We never tire of training sits and downs, sits to downs, downs to sits, stands to downs, stay, come leave-it... you get the idea. But I always make it fun and use rewards that Rocco finds insanely fun... usually whatever his favorite treat of the moment is or his flat, stuffy toy on the end of a flirt pole.
4. Never stop training
The biggest mistake people make is taking their dog to one training class and then thinking their pup is trained for life. We train everyday, and it doesn't need to take a lot of time. In fact, short training sessions (5-10 minutes) are the most beneficial for your pup. And, short training sessions help keep it fun and exciting. One easy training trick is to train a down, stay before every meal; then release to the food bowl!
|Rocco thinks training is great fun!|
Do you have a training secret? Let us know in the comments below!
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