January is National Train Your Dog Month. Training is such an integral part of caring for a dog. Whether you are training your dog out of an undesired behavior or just teaching them a new trick, there are key factors to keep in mind. Here are 5 tips for training your dog.
Tips For Training Your Dog
1. Use Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement techniques are one of the best ways to train your dog. This is done by rewarding them for the positive behavior you are training them to do, instead of punishing them for bad behavior. If your dog is food motivated; treats are a great reward to use. Experiment with soft and crunchy treats to see which your dog likes more.
2. Be Consistent
Consistency is key when it comes to dog training. No matter what you are training your dog to do, make sure that your use the same word or gesture every time. It’s important to use the same tone of voice as well.
3. Combine Verbal Commands With Hand Signals
Training is more effective when verbal commands are combined with hands signals. This works better because dogs understand body language more than verbal language. Whichever verbal/hand command you use, make sure to use the same ones together every time.
4. Create A Training Routine
When training, it’s important to create daily routines. Training your dog in short intervals and often has been proven to be highly effective. Plan to train your dog around the same time as well.
5. Make Training Fun For Your Dog
Last but certainly not least, make training fun for your dog! If a dog doesn’t like a certain activity, forcing them to do it will negatively affect your training. Turn training into a game for your dog, and praise them for any small success.
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