Patience, patience and more patience.
your pup is a delightful experience, one to be enjoyed by you both.
Begin your training sessions in a quiet area when you both are calm.
Prepare your sessions with rewards, and a basic lesson plan of how you
plan to train the pup.
Both your mood and the pups mood needs to be in the right frame of mind
for training. If you are not in that mood then don't do it until you
are. The pup will be more receptive if walked before hand which allows
him/her to get out excess energy and allows for a better focus.
If you are using food treats, they should be small bite size morsels
that take but a moment to eat. If you are going to use voice rewards,
think before hand of what they will be. Generally it is suggested to
begin training with food treats, slowly moving toward using them as
rewards intermittently to ensure the pup doesn't only work for food.
- Your pup will respond to your commands
so make them clear and easy. One word commands such as sit, down,
heal, stop, no, come, stay, leave it, off, quiet work well with dogs.
They are short, to the point and easy for the dog to remember.
- The command 'COME' is probably the most important and needs a special focus. You want your pup to enjoy coming to you.
- Say the pups name to get its attention, then "COME", then praise, petting and a treat.
- If you find the pup does not
respond quickly, take this command down to its most basic element
to ensure it is well learned. For example, do it in a rather boring
environment, no extra stimulus like other dogs, or stuff to smell. Put
Fido on leash so he/she can not venture far away. Say 'Dogs
NAME---COME---and after pup comes to you give lots of praise, petting, treats. Repeat
frequently until well learned. Then watch for clues that the training
is waning and then start all over again.
- Short and very frequent lessons
ensure success. Once the pup gets it, the command will work but
remember training is on going and Fido will need tune ups for all
commands every now and then.
- You probably already know this but it
is worth mentioning. Training always involves positive energy, always
up beat, always lots of praise, always with the expectation and ability
for accomplishment. If your patience runs short, just stop, otherwise
your tone will reflect a negative attitude and you may be triggered into
yelling, hitting, jerking the leash or some other form of abuse.
Training is fun, rewarding and up lifting, giving you both a sense of
accomplishment and well being.
- If you dog or pup is a bit difficult & exhibits aggressive behavior, tell the dog NO BEFORE he does the behavior.
Always be aware of your tone, if
it is angry or hostile in any way, your pup might be frightened into not
coming to you. When the pup comes, ALWAYS praise and reward. Make it
an the most enjoyable experience, one that is full of love, acceptance,
appreciation and reward for the pup. You want the pup to be happy to come to you.
- Rewards need to be given as immediately as possible.
The timing is essential as it enables the dog to connect its behavior with
the reward and lesson learned.
- A few minutes a day, well done will
produce the desired results you want. However, many people think once
that happens it is all done. Dogs have many stages of development and
during some stages you will have to start all over again with training
so it is better to think about training as a life time activity you do
with your pup.
Inappropriate behavior is best
ignored, otherwise the dog will confuse your response with thinking the
inappropriate behavior is suppose to be repeated. For example, if your pup rolls over when you say sit... and it is the cutest thing you have ever seen... ignore it and make your pup sit. If your pup does not
respond to your commands quickly, do not keep repeating yourself.
Instead change the environment and redirect the pup to focus on you and
your command. Punishment is a waste of your time and destroys the
relationship. Just ignore and redirect.
- End each training session on an upbeat and positive note.