Tips to help you train your dog

IAH dog and ownerDogs are loyal, smart and obedient creatures by nature. While some display these characteristics more than others, dog training can be – and usually is – a rewarding, bonding experience between you and your pooch. (And by the way, you really can teach old dogs new tricks!)

Contrary to popular belief, your dog’s age is irrelevant when it comes to dog training. There are varied training methods – and ultimately you’ll have to find what works best for both you and your dog – but we must encourage that dog training ultimately boils down to how consequences are handled for both desired and undesired behaviors.

Dog Training Tip 1
When you train your dog a new command, action or trick, it’s really important to remember that consistency matters. Your dog is eager to please you, but remember, dogs “live in the moment,” and learn from positive and negative consequences. So when you develop a positive and negative consequence system – stick with it! However, never yell or hit your dog – this will only make them fear you!

Dog Training Tip 2
Use simple phrases and gestures to train your dog
. For example, when teaching your dog to “sit,” speak the “sit” command and ease your puppy/dog’s butt to the floor. When he accomplishes your task – with or without your help – reward him with an affectionate pat or treat. After a few tries he’ll associate the command word and action together – understanding the completion of the task earns the reward. This method should be applied to learning any new skill or expectation, including housebreaking (link to blog post.)

Dog training Tip 3
Use a different tones of voice to train your dog. For positive behaviors, use a positive, upbeat tone of voice. For negative behaviors, a firm and sharp “NO!” will suffice. This is especially useful if you catch your dog having a potty accident or chewing on your favorite shoes. Your dog senses satisfaction and disappointment based on your voice tone!

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