Training your dog is one of the most important and frustrating things you can do. Many people have no idea where to start when it comes to training so they just don’t do it. Although you probably won’t love your dog any less if it’s not trained, a well trained dog can lead to a better relationship with your dog, more enjoyable playtimes, more trips, less worry when friends come over, easier trips to the vet, and more.
At Pet Resorts, we offer dog training classes for you and your pet with a professional trainer. However, if you want to go ahead and get started at home, here are some tips and things to think about when working with your pet.
- Remember that every interaction you have with your dog can be a training session. Watch how you reinforce or reward bad behavior or even ignore good behavior.
- Body language is just as important as words. If your dog isn’t responding well to a command, change your body language and cut out extra words you are using. Dogs need simple instructions to perform what you’re asking of them.
- Consistency is key in training. Be consistent with your dog’s schedule, such as two walks a day, or playtime every afternoon. Be consistent with what and how you discipline. If you break rules, so will the dogs.
- Some professional dog trainers and behaviorists such as Cesar Milan, promote the formula of exercise, discipline, and affection. It is important that dogs receive all three, and in that order.
- Never train your dog when you are angry or in a bad mood. Any disobedience or misbehavior he exhibits will make you even madder. You will then take out your anger on him and this can cause permanent damage in the training process.
- Many Professional trainers emphasize being an assertive pack leader. It is crucial that your pet know you are the one in control. Some ways to make this clear are to always walk out the door in front of your dog, never let your dog pull you along on a leash but keep him right by your side or behind you, and be positive and confident like a leader should.
- Just as we don’t perform well when we’re in a bad mood or tired, dogs won’t either. Before starting a training session read your dog’s and your own mood and make sure you are both in a good state for successful training.
- There is much debate in the training world about positive reinforcement vs. “Alpha dog” training. Positive reinforcement is where you reward your dog either with a treat, praise, or toys when they exhibit good behavior. If they are misbehaving you either take away a toy or privilege, or ignore the dog while they continue to exhibit the bad behavior. Alpha-Dog training is a more physical type of training often using pinning to the ground or electric collars. It is very important to note that this kind of behavior can be dangerous if not done by a trained professional or undisciplined person.
- When choosing a training method, make sure you, or the trainer assesses your dog, its environment, and what is going to work best for both of you.
At Pet Resorts of America, we believe in positive reinforcement, exercise, discipline, and affection. While you can train your dog yourself, a professional trainer has the time and resources to give your dog the best and most effective training possible. We offer day training, obedience classes, and our board and train program. If you are looking the easiest way to train your dog and want to learn how to use all of the training tools yourself, our board and train program is perfect for you. Your dog will stay with us for two or three weeks and receive constant attention and daily training from our trainer. No stress and hassle for you! When you pick up your pet at the end of the program , you will spend an hour with our trainer and be taught how to use all the training tools yourself. You can even come back for follow up instruction for free and reach us any time through email for more support!
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