According to several books and websites, successfully training dogs is not a hard. You just need patience, dedication and some simple tactics and you will teach them correctly.
We discovered Denver the Recycled Dog was a willing student. His first few days with us he was eager to learn and show us how smart he was. He still continues to amaze me.
Here are five top tips to help you have successful dog training
1. One person should be the trainer. To avoid your dog getting confused and so that they can learn to recognize commands quickly only one person should be responsible for training the dog initially. If too many people are trying to train the dog at the same time, this can stop progress in its tracks.
2. You should use positive reinforcements. If the dog does something good, you should reward Fido’s behavior so that he will know that what he did was right. If the dog cannot understand or follow your commands, never push him. Dogs make mistakes. What you should understand is that they won’t easily follow your commands in just one teaching, It takes repetition to train a dog successfully. Do not scold your dog as he might develop fear which will hinder his learning and willingness for training. You can use treats to encourage your dog but don’t over-indulge it.
3. Teach commands one at a time. Try to show Fido one command after the other. If he cannot comprehend it, try to stay on that command only because adding additional commands will just confuse the dog. Start with the basics.
4. In executing commands, you should keep your voice cheerful so that the dog will happily follow your commands. Dogs will respond to a low and coaxing voice. If you shout out loud, he may become startled and unresponsive.
5. Train your dog in various places. If you keep your dogs in the same place like your home, he will not be able to adjust with the environment new people. Take him to the park or through the neighborhood. A new environment will also help your dog associate with other dogs and two-leggers.
Training your dog can sometimes be tough, but it will be worth it. In the end, you will be the one to benefit when you have a trained dog. You don’t know Fido might even save your life one day and pay back everything you taught him. Although, I’m happy with tail wags and nose licks =)
Kim Steadman (aka Lady from The Diary of a Recycled Dog)