100 Training Tips Part Two

36. Awareness of your actions is important. 

Being aware of your actions is important when it comes to training your dog. You should be aware of how you waive your hand or the tone of your voice, since it can affect your dog’s attention. For example, if you are waiving your hand too much, then instead of listening to your voice, your dog may be looking at it. 

37. Practice self-control. 

You cannot expect to achieve success in dog training, if you cannot control yourself. With that, you need to practice self-control, in order to control your dog. Dog training requires a lot of self-control, since it can take a lot of effort and time, to get your dog to follow your commands. 

 

 

 

38. What to do when you feel frustrated. 

In training your dog, you need to be aware that there would be times when you would feel frustrated about it. Whenever you feel angry at your dog though, you should not proceed with the training session. Instead, let your dog do what he wants to do, and come back when you have already calmed down. 

39. Do not punish your dog whenever he fails to follow your command. 

There may be times when you feel that your dog is testing your patience by not following your command during a training session. However, you need to remember that dogs always want to please their masters. In other words, you simply need to spend more time in teaching him about the command, for him to follow it. Do not punish him, since it would just confuse him more. 

40. Walking the dog. 

Whenever you are walking your dog on a leash, do not tighten the leash, since it can hurt your dog. Aside from that, it can also make him pull you as a counter response, which is not good. Keep his leash loose, so that he can enjoy the walk more, and would look forward to it day by day. 

 

41. Groom your dog. 

Grooming your dog would ensure that he always feel comfortable, which would have positive results in your training sessions. Thus, it is best that you do it regularly. Make sure to do the grooming yourself, since it is also an activity, which would bring you closer to each other. 

42. Focus on one command at a time. 

Always remember that dogs can have a hard time in distinguishing two commands, especially if they are conflicting. Thus, it is always best to focus on one command at a time. Do not make your pet’s life confusing, so that he would have a better time in following your orders. 

43. Use the words “Good” and “No” on a daily basis. 

Learning the meaning of the words Good and No should be one of the basic things that you need to teach to your dog. This is because, you would be using these words on a daily basis whenever you interact with him. Your dog should know that whenever you say Good, it means that he has done something right. On the other hand, whenever you say No, he should know that he has done something wrong. 

44. Nagging your dog should not be practiced. 

Nagging your dog is not something that should be done, since it would not bring any kind of positive results. If you do it to your dog, it can only mean two things to him, it would mean nothing since he does not understand what you are saying or it can mean something negative, due to the tone of your voice. In any case, it should not be done, since it would not be beneficial for both of you. 

45. Only one person should give a command at a time. 

Your dog would have a hard time telling which person to follow, if two people would give him conflicting commands at a time. Even if the command is the same, it is still best for only one person to give it at a time. This way, your dog would be able to pinpoint which person and command to follow, instead of getting confused. 

 

 

 

46. Consistency is key. 

Being consistent is very important in training your dog. Practicing consistency means that you need to use the same word for a certain behavior all the time. Aside from that, you should also be consistent punishing him for his bad practices, so that he would be able to put it in his mind. 

47. Preventing aggression problems. 

It is very important to prevent aggression problems as early as possible, since it can hamper your training program. Thus, you should make sure that the moment your dog or puppy sets foot into your house, necessary things should be done to make him happy, secure, and contented. By doing this, it would make him easier to train, aside from preventing behavioral problems. 

48. Do not get a dog if your family is not at the same page as you are. 

If you are getting a pet dog, make sure that your whole family agrees with your decision. Aside from that, they should also share the same passion as you have for your pet. This is because, your family would also be interacting with your dog on a daily basis. Thus, they can all affect his behavior and development, which are some of the factors that determine the success of your training program. 

49. Make your new puppy relax in his new environment. 

In bringing home a new puppy, you have to consider that he would be looking for his mother as well as the other puppies that he has been with. Making him relax in his new environment would help him respond to your training positively. To achieve that, you can place a warm hot water bottle beside his bed and a ticking clock inside the room, so that he would feel similar things as he did when he was still in his litter. 

50. Be with your puppy as much as you can. 

When your puppy is left by himself for long periods of time, it may lead to practicing destructive behavior, especially when he gets bored. Thus, you should spend as much time with your puppy as you can on a regular basis. Have a healthy playtime, such as playing fetch would help a lot not just in establishing your connection with him, but also in preventing boredom. 

51. Taking your puppy to the veterinarian. 

Training your puppy to become calmed and collected in going to the vet is necessary, since you would be doing it for the rest of his life. With that, for the first instance, you should make him feel as secure as possible, so that he would be relaxed. For example, you should place him on your lap while you are talking to the vet or waiting for your turn, instead of putting him on the floor. 

 

 

52. Put a stop to your puppy’s nipping and biting. 

Training your puppy to stop nipping and biting is important, since he can grow a full set of teeth soon. To achieve that, you need to let him know that it is not a pleasant experience whenever he nips on your hands, by reacting adequately such as saying something that indicates pain. Aside from that, you can also stop playing with him, so that he would know that he has done something bad. 

53. Your family is your team.  

Get your family involved in training your dog. With that, even if they won’t take parts during the training sessions, you should let them become more familiar of the commands that you use. Aside from using the same commands, all the members of the household should also handle and train the dog the same way, so as to practice consistency. 

54. Train your dog in accordance to what is acceptable in your house. 

If you don’t want certain things for your dog to do inside the house, then you should train him not to do it. For example, if you do not want him to treat your sofa as his bed when he grows up, then you should not encourage that behavior. Do not let him climb the sofa regularly, so that he won’t consider it as his place to relax. If you want to cuddle him, just sit on the floor, or put him on your lap. 

55. Your puppy’s jumping up behavior. 

Whenever your puppy wants to greet you or anyone in your house, it is quite natural for him to jump up. Reprimanding your dog for doing this should not be done, since it just shows that he longs for your attention. What you can do is to simply ignore what he is doing, until he settles down. Once he is no longer jumping up pat him or pet your dog, so that he would know that jumping up is not the way to catch your attention. 

56. Reward your puppy in spending time with you. 

Although it is simply irresistible for a puppy whenever you sit down on the floor and call him, you should always see to it that he enjoys every moment that he spends with you. Once he sees how rewarding it is to be with you, he would be ready to listen to you. With that, it would make training your pup easier in the long run. 

57. What to do when your dog is confused. 

When you proceed with more challenging commands, it is quite normal for your dog to get confused. When that happens, you should be patient and repeat teaching the behavior. Make sure to use the same word in teaching the command, so that your dog won’t get confused further. Do it repeatedly, and be open to the possibility of having to do it again for the next session. 

58. Be confident. 

Your dog can tell whether you are confident or not when you train him. He can see it in your body language, the tone of your voice, and how you handle him. You need to show him that you are confident, so that he can feel more secure in following your lead. Aside from that, your confidence level can also affect your dog’s trust in you. 

 

59. Learn from your mistakes. 

You need to keep in mind that in training your dog, you may make mistakes along the way. There is no need to make a big fuss about it. Just go on with your training session like nothing happened, and make sure that you won’t make the same mistake again. Learn from your mistakes, since that is one of its purposes. 

60. There is no need to compete for dominance. 

You won’t have to compete with your dog for dominance. You simply need to be dominant by remaining the one that is in control at all times. Make sure that you know what you are doing, so that your dog would simply follow you. Trust is also something that you need to gain, in order to become the dominant one. 

61. Make it a point to integrate training into your dog’s daily routine. 

Integrating the training of your dog to his daily routine can go a long way, as far as achieving success in your training program is concerned. For example, if you simply want to train him to sit down, you can always do that command, just before giving him his food. See to it that he sits down first before you give his food or treats, so that he can understand it better. 

 

62. The importance of repetition. 

Keep in mind that whatever you have achieved with your dog today, he may be able to forget it tomorrow. This is where repetition comes in handy. You need to repeat the same kind of behavioral command day by day, so that your dog can eventually incorporate it to his regular practices. The more you repeat your command, and the more you make sure that your dog follows it, the more it would become effective to your dog. 

63. Practice fairness in treating your dog. 

Do not forget to be fair to your dog when you are training him. With that, you have to make sure that he understands what you want him to do. Aside from that, you should also understand his shortcomings. Be firm in teaching him to do the things that you want him to perform, so that you can achieve success. 

64. Using the word No as a command. 

Saying “No” to your dog should be done at times when he does something bad. Using this word is actually quite effective, since it is very simple, which makes if easier for your dog to understand. To ensure that he knows what you mean though, say no at the instance when he does something unpleasant. 

 

 

65. Know what your dog is telling you. 

At the course of your training sessions, there are certain actions that your dog would do, in which he does it to communicate something. It is best that you know what certain actions mean, so that you can act accordingly. For example, if your dog suddenly stands still it may mean that he is not very comfortable of what you are making him do. 

66. Paying attention to your dog at times when he misbehaves. 

Paying attention to your dog when he does something wrong is good, but do not make it a point to only pay attention to him when he misbehaves. This is because, your attention may become a reward to him, which would prompt him do to mischievous acts to attract it. With that, you should also pay attention to him more times in a day, and make sure to let him distinguish between being reprimanded and being praised. 

67. Fixing your puppy’s chewing problem. 

Chewing different objects inside the house can become a habit that your puppy develops as he grows older. To get it fixed, there is no need to hurt him, since it would not work. What you can do is to simply say “No” once you caught him in the act. After which, take the object from him, and replace it with a toy that he can chew on. 

 

How could anyone hurt a dog?

 

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