Many people tell me that, as a trainer, they don’t know what to do when it comes to training their dogs. Some people just never had a training instructor or the funds for classes. Many people feel intimidated when taking on the responsibility of training their dog. When they get a new dog, they don’t have all the resources and skills that they will need.
Even people who are familiar with the training world can have a challenging time when it comes to teaching their dogs. They aren’t sure where to start or what skills they need to teach. Even if you’re a dog owner, you may not have a system in place that works for you. Here are six effective dog training tips you should know about.
What Is Emotional Training?
Emotional training is a teaching technique that helps you teach your dog new behaviors by building trust. If your dog knows that he has control, he can do many things that he has never done before. Emotional training is important because dogs without trust can do many things that they shouldn’t be able to do.
Emotional training gives your dog the confidence to behave in various situations and to explore new things. For example, if you use emotional training when your dog goes through a door without waiting for permission, you can teach him to stop before he opens it and wait for permission.
Another example is teaching your dog to sit and stay, so he can check in with you. When your dog is over stimulated, he won’t be able to take the time to check in. If you teach him to go sit and stay, you can slowly increase his attention span until he has mastered staying for longer periods.
What Is Play Training?
Play training is a technique for teaching your dog new behaviors. When you use play training, you are giving your dog an opportunity to learn in an enjoyable environment. Playing with your dog before training helps him to remember the training when it’s time to practice the new behavior. It gives him a break and it can also be a lot of fun.
It is best to play with your dog on a leash, since this helps you stay within the boundaries of your training. Using treats is another way to help build your dog’s confidence and motivation. Use your treats slowly, so your dog is able to focus on what he needs to learn. It is also important to use a high value treat, since a food reward is often appealing to dogs that have previously been mistreated.
What Is Command Training?
Command training helps your dog learn new behaviors by having them listen to a verbal cue. You can use a verbal command to teach your dog to shake his paw or give a high five. You can also use a verbal command to have your dog sit or stay or to drop his paw if he is trying to touch you.
The best way to teach your dog the command is to make it a game. With play training, you don’t want your dog to think he is being punished. However, with command training, you want to make sure he knows he is being rewarded when he is doing what you want.
Use a sign to keep your dog focused on you. For example, when your dog is doing what you want, he can be rewarded by giving a verbal command or using a sign. This gives your dog a time to be focused on you. Then, when it is time for your dog to do something he doesn’t want to do, he can learn to do it with a verbal command or a sign.
What Is ‘Drop It’ Training?
“Drop It” training helps your dog to stop barking and is a good way to teach him to ignore you when you want to ask him to do something. If your dog barks excessively, this could be annoying for other people. You want to stop the barking by building your dog’s trust.
To teach your dog to stop barking, you first need to teach him to be more assertive. When you ask your dog to “drop it,” you can then make it a game. When he is sitting, you can touch his ears, nose or tail. Your dog should be motivated to stay in place, so he doesn’t have to listen to you.
If your dog looks happy and relaxed, you can slowly make it a game. You can eventually teach him to ignore you, which is great for people who have to put up with your dog’s incessant barking.
What Is ‘Position Training’?
“Position training” helps you teach your dog new behaviors by helping him learn to move around. When your dog is stressed, he wants to sit or lie down. You want to teach him to sit in a different position when he is stressed.
While you are teaching him to go sit, ask him to do it in a different position, such as lying down or sitting up on his haunches. As he learns, you can teach him to lie down in different positions and gradually increase his comfort zone. This is especially helpful if you use your dog as a “relief” dog or if you want him to lie down in different positions around the house.
What Is ‘Listen to Me’ Training?
“Listen to Me” training helps you teach your dog new behaviors by having him listen to you. Dogs are more easily able to listen to your voice when he’s relaxed and calm. When you are asking your dog to do something, you want him to pay attention to you. If he is stressed, he will be thinking of his behavior, not what you are asking.
To teach your dog to listen, you can use a high value treat to help build his confidence. When your dog is relaxed, he is more likely to listen to you. This type of training is also great for people who are having a difficult time training their dog to stop barking. A high value treat can also keep your dog focused on you when you ask him to sit or lie down.