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A Well-Trained Dog Is:
- Comfortable in a crate
- Understands basic commands
- Does not jump on people or "off-limits" things (such as counters or couches)
- Respects their owners and other dogs
- Can walk on a leash without tugging or pulling
- Can sit, stay, heel, wait, come, and "leave it" on command
- Socializes well with other dogs and other people
- Can stop barking when told
- Does not jump up on people
There are many schools of thought when it comes to dog training. take the time to do some research before embarking on a particular path. Start by:
- Learning the basic commands every well-trained dog should know
- Exploring the ins and outs of crate training and housebreaking
- Considering whether agility training or another dog sport is for you
- Learning how to use training to stop (or minimize) unwanted behaviors, like biting and chewing
- Establishing leadership
Investing the time and effort into some basic dog training will pay off big time for people and dogs alike. Like children, dogs need boundaries and discipline, and with the right techniques, your dog will be the best-behaved dog on the block.
Dog Training Tips
- Explore different training options for your dog. The options include do-it-yourself training, which can also be supplemented with obedience or manners classes, or by a professional trainer.
- Dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. Be consistent and use redirection and praise rather than yelling, punishing, or always saying "no."
- "Sit" is the foundation for all other training.
- Use treats as a reward and not a bribe. Rewards are presented after a learned behavior has been given, bribes must be presented to the dog before the dog will perform the learned behavior. The same is true for toys and other rewards.
- Consistency is key. Dogs learn through repetition and reward (think Pavlov), and even most misbehaved dog will eventually make the connection between behavior and consequence.
- Take care not to pamper your pet.
- See also Bix Clicks for additional information on clicker training.
- Communicate with your dog; experiment to find the best way.
- Find the little things your dog loves; for example, one way to quiet a smaller dog is to pick them up and hold them firmly while gently bouncing them up and down like an infant.
See also, Helpful Training Links for additional information.
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