The Basic Principles of Training

 

 

Consistency:

 

When you create rules or boundaries for your dog the worst thing you can do is waver from them. Dogs likeand appreciate

consistency. Giving them structure is equal to giving them stability. If you decide for example that you don’t want your dog to enter your

kitchen, but you only follow that up somedays and somedays you let him/her enter then you are confusing your dog and teaching him/her to

be unpredictable. Be consistent in setting rules and boundaries for your dog and you’ll be well on your way to bringing up a stable and

balanced dog.

 

Have a Goal and Achieve it:

 

Giving a command and seeing it through is critical in bringing up a good dog. Often I hear people giving a

command to their dog repeatedly and just giving up when the dog doesn’t listen. If you give a command repeatedly, sit, sit, sit for example,

what you are teaching your dog is that he doesn’t need to respond when you ask him to. Similarly if you say ‘sit’ but then don’t make sure that

your dog does sit you are again training him not to listen! Its really just common sense! Commands should be delivered once when you have

your dogs attention, and then made sure that they are  followed. If your dog is busy smelling something really interesting and you are telling

him to sit, chances are that he will ignore you. First make sure you have your dogs attention and then give the command once and make

sure that it is followed. Remember the command needs to have a positive outcome for the dog. If you get rewards or praises every

time you do something then chances are you want to do it over and over again, but if its an unpleasant experience then you shy away from

that same activity, right?

 

Make training a joyous experience for yourself and your dog.

 

Persist With Your Good Behaviour:

 

A Good Master is always calm around the dog but also assertive. Your dog should know that nothing in his or her behaviour can

 

shake you up. Your energy needs to tell the dog, I am Calm and I am in Control!

 

Patience is the Key to Success:

 

Like with children if you put hard work and good values into your dog the results will pay off. Every success will strengthen this feeling and

bond between you and your dog. By the age of 2 or 3 you will have established enough good habits in your dog to make him/her your ideal

life companion.