6 of 18 Dog Training Tips for Quality Relationships

Dog Training Help Tip #1
Your dog is sensitive to feelings and mood; don’t attempt a training session if you cannot be in a pleasant, good mood. To maximize the training session and keep the dog motivated, training periods should not be longer than 5-10 minutes.

Dog Training Help Tip #2
Use an alternate name for your dog when talking about it in its presence (versus when you issue a command). This helps the dog pay attention when it hears its name. It will take some practice as you’ll forget the alternate name at times, but this practice will assist in getting the dog’s attention during the training period.

Dog Training Help Tip #3
Your training session should have a positive beginning and, just as important, a positive ending. To help ensure a positive ending, end the session with a command you know will be obeyed. After the command is obeyed, give a reward so the dog has a feeling of accomplishment. Finish the sessions with a command such as “release” or “free”. Make a real effort to not use the word “okay”.

Dog Training Help Tip #4
Reward your dog within a few seconds after a correct response to a command to ensure that your dog makes the connection between behavior and reward. The timing of the reward is critical to getting the point across.

Dog Training Help Tip #5
You don’t want to lose the attention of the dog with a treat that takes a while to chew or produces crumbs that will distract the dog in gathering up all the morsels. If the reward is food, it should be small pieces, meaning approximately the size of the end of a small finger, and doesn’t crumble or require chewing.

Dog Training Help Tip #6
Select what the dog would consider a real favorite to exert the most motivational influence on the dog. For example, dogs highly motivated by food will work best for that type of reward. Favorite treats will help to achieve obedience to your commands. Cheese usually falls into the “favorite” category.

Coming Soon…..7-12 of 18 Dog Training Help Tips.

In the meantime, if you need training help – 3 terrific options:

**Chet Womach’s Hands-Off Dog Training Formula**

**Dove Cresswell’s Dog Training**

**Daniel Stevens’ Secrets to Dog Training**

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2 Responses to “6 of 18 Dog Training Tips for Quality Relationships”

  1. 1 Joanne December 22, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Great tips. Keep it up!

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