Handy Dog Training Tips
By: Patrick Carpen
Dog training does not require you to be an all-commanding power. It only requires that you keep a few, simple basics at hand. There are three techniques, that once mastered, will have you commanding everything in sight. The first of the three is to remember to show your dog who is in charge. Make sure he understands that you, not he, are the boss. Second, find a tone of voice, which you will use when giving commands to your dog, one which will let your dog know who is in charge. Finally, consistency and routine are a must, and should always be kept in mind.
Although your puppy will undoubtedly be absolutely adorable, hence the term "puppy face," you should not let this get in the way of proper obedience. Your dog should always know who is in charge, and should learn early on that it is not he who is the boss, but you. This is the best way to teach your puppy the basics, such as house-training and what not to chew. You should set boundaries and limits with your puppy, as with a child, from early on, and this will teach your pup right from wrong. Make sure you use voice commands and also gestures, such as stamping a foot or pointing, to help your dog learn proper cues.
Dogs don't actually grasp the concept of words, per say; however, they definitely understand tone-of-voice. The tone of your voice lets your dog know what your mood is, and also what you expect from your dog. A very firm, strict-sounding voice lets your dog know when to stay put, when to sit, when "no" means no, etc. A happy, cheery voice lets your dog know that you are pleased or that you want to play. Tone of voice is exactly what you need to establish in order to begin good communication with your dog, and to let him know what you expect from him and when.
Most importantly, be consistent, consistent, consistent! Do not slacken when you are trying to teach your dog a certain command. Keep the same techniques for the same commands ever repetitive. For example, when housebreaking your puppy, do not spank for one indiscretion, and yell and place outside for another. This does not teach your dog, and it actually confuses him on what he should be doing. Do not give him conflicting orders that may ultimately be confusing. Another way to work on consistency is to establish routines. Take him out at the same time everyday for walks, use a certain leash for walks, and another for vet visits, or give him the same goodbye pat each time you leave the house so that he knows you will return.
All of these techniques will help you to have a more happy, healthy relationship with your dog, especially if you couple them with lots of love and affection. Your dog will learn quickly what you expect from him, and will be able to give you what you want more efficiently. You will also learn how to better predict your dog's behavior. Don't forget the rewards and praise too.
Patrick Carpen is the designer, writer and owner of the website http://dogtraining.infobay.ws/ Infobay.ws is a content based, consumer oriented website that provides professionally researched, and up to the minute content on selected subjects.
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