Dog Training Help Tips 7-13 Of 18

Dog Training Help Tip #7
If praise is used as a reward, be sure you give it with enthusiasm in a celebratory tone of voice that your dog will interpret as pleasing so it will be appreciated by the dog. Petting given as a reward should be in a way the dog enjoys, such as scratching the chest, stroking the side of the face in the direction the hair grows or petting the side. Try to avoid the temptation of patting or petting the head. Contrary to most people’s habits, dogs don’t really appreciate having the top of the head petted.

Dog Training Help Tip #8
Train before a meal to ensure high motivation for the reward if food is the reward. If praise, petting and your attention are to be used as reward, do your training session at a time when your dog particularly craves your attention.

Dog Training Help Tip #9
The opposite of reward is not punishment, it’s no reward. Dogs want to obtain highly valued food and they want to please. By ignoring unacceptable responses, your dog will not be rewarded for its failed response and will likely try to accomplish what will get the reward.

Dog Training Help Tip #10
What does not belong in training is negative or punishment components. They are counter-productive and can easily cause the dog to exhibit socialization problems and suppressed anger. Training sessions should be upbeat and positive, with rewards for jobs well done. No yelling, no hitting, no chain jerking, no hanging, and absolutely no electric shock.

Dog Training Help Tip #11
Don’t reward the dog if it doesn’t respond appropriately to a command after several attempts. Wait a few seconds and give a simpler command, and attempt the more difficult task again later.

Dog Training Help Tip #12
Success depends not only on the degree of difficulty of the task but also on your dog’s motivation to respond. As the complexity of the task increases, a dog’s motivation to respond to a command decreases. Will the dog try to understand and do what is being asked of it, or will a tempting distraction be more likely to grab its attention? Understanding your dog’s choice of behavior will help your chances for success and increase your patience.

Dog Training Help Tip #13
A well socialized dog needs to be familiar with the basic obedience commands of sit, stay, down and come. It is also useful to be able to accomplish these tasks off leash. Additional useful commands are: enough or stop, cease, leave it, give or give it.

Coming Soon…..the final 5 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 “Dog Training Help Tips 7-13 Of 18”

  1. 1 cecil grass June 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Cool post, alot of good tips here.

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