There are many different topics when it comes to training your dog. Some of the basics are heel, sit, stay, dog crate training and walking your dog on a leash.  More specialized training includes guard dog training, service dog training, clicker dog training, gun dog training and training your dog to hunt to name a few.  There are many ways to find out about training your dog. Some options include dog training schools, dog training classes, online dog training, dog training dvd’s, videos and books.  In this article, we will look at some different dog training tips and some of the different ways to train your dog.

It is important to be dedicated, committed, have a routine, and use repetition on a consistent basis with your dog.  The more you can work with your dog in the early stages the easier it will be to teach your dog.  It is important to be consistent with your training and it is important to properly motivate your dog.  Two forms of motivation that every dog responds to are positive motivation and negative motivation.  A lot of different things can be used to train or motivate your dog.  If your dog loves to eat food, likes playing tug of war, likes playing fetch with a stick or ball,  likes being touched by you, likes being praised by you, or if your dog likes going for a car ride; all of these can be used as motivators.  For example, if your dog likes going for rides in a car and he gets excited before getting in the car, you can make him do his obedience training drills before letting him jump in the car.  Treats are a great way to encourage your dog, but they shouldn’t be used every single time.  If you use treats all of the time your dog might only obey when you have a treat in your hand.  You might begin by using a treat frequently but then gradually start asking your dog to do more before he gets a treat.

You should only teach your dog one command at a time.  Make sure your dog knows that command and only move on to another command after he has learned the first command.

It is a good idea to train your dog in different places.  All of the commands that you teach your dog can be practiced in the house, in the yard, at a neighborhood park, etc.  If you train your dog in different places your dog will be more likely to learn to obey your commands wherever you are.  Training your dog in different places will also help to socialize your dog.

When you train your dog you shouldn’t be mean or inflict pain on your dog.  Patience and positive reinforcement should be enough to start training your dog and to train your dog effectively.  Most behavior problems are created by humans and therefore, we need to be consistent with our training.  Only reward your dog for good behavior.  Sometimes we will reward our dog for bad behavior accidentally by petting our dog when we want them to stop jumping, barking, chewing, etc.  You should never punish or become unpleasant when your dog doesn’t catch on right away.  If your dog associates obedience with something pleasant, he will be more likely to obey.  If he associates obedience with scolding, he won’t learn as well.  The word “no” should only be used to correct inappropriate behavior and should not be used for training your dog.

Basic obedience commands such as heel, sit, stay, down and come are really not five tricks that you teach a dog but are a means of communication and building a relationship with your dog.  Dog obedience training is important especially if you have a dog that isn’t well behaved.  When you are teaching your dog commands or tricks you are also forming a bond with your dog and your dog is forming a bond with you.  When training your dog, it is important to give him the tools that he needs to work well with you.  It is also important to build companionship and trust with your dog.  Dogs love to follow owners who provide food, shelter, and safety for them–that is just common sense!  Dogs love owners that are fair and that take good care of them.  A good owner provides good social experiences for their dog and provides lots of fun for their dog.

It is important that you don’t expect a dog of any age to obey every command every single time.  Dogs are like people–they have good days and days that aren’t so good.  This is why keeping your dog on a leash when he isn’t in a fenced in yard or in the house is a good idea.  Most dogs can learn to obey commands most of the time if you are persistent with your training.

If you are having difficulties training your puppy you might want to seek outside help.  There are several reasons for seeking outside help for training your puppy.  Some of these reasons are 1) you’ve never had a dog before and you don’t feel comfortable training your puppy, 2) you have tried to train your puppy but you feel you aren’t making any progress, 3) your dog is having serious behavior problems, such as being aggressive, that you can’t seem to fix.

If you are having any of the problems mentioned above, you can enroll your dog in a dog-obedience class.  Many dog-obedience classes are offered locally.  You can contact your veterinarian or local human society for recommendations.  Pet-Smart’s are located almost everywhere and they offer dog-obedience classes.  Your puppy/dog must have all of his immunizations up-to-date before you take him to obedience classes.  This will insure that it is safe to expose your puppy to other dogs.

Another option is to hire a private trainer to work with you and your dog.  You can ask your veterinarian or local human society to recommend a private trainer.  Before hiring a private trainer ask for references from several clients.  A good trainer will be more than happy to supply you with a list of previous clients.