Your dog can do lots of wonders for you. But what he can deliver depends on the training that’s given. If you want a smarter dog, you need to observe certain guidelines. They are not difficult. You simply need to be conscientious and patient. Let me give you 7 general rules for training dogs so they perform the tasks you want them to do for you without struggle.
General Rule #1: Know Your Dog Well
You’ve got to know the characteristics of your dog – his food preferences, the toys he enjoys, places he likes, people and objects he hates, what excites him, etc.Be smarter than your dog. Know when they are most likely to respond to food treats such as before meal time or when they are hungry. If they like stroking or petting as a reward, do it right after you come from work when their attention-seeking instincts are greater. Knowing your canine well is one important general rule for training dogs with guaranteed results.
To train your dog successfully, you must know the characteristics of your dog – his food preferences, the toys he enjoys, places he likes, etc.
General Rule #2: Observe Regular Training Schedule
The key to dog training is regularity. You cannot simply teach tricks whenever you feel like it. You’ve got to plan the training complete with daily routines. Teach your dog three or four times a day. You can begin with 5 and increase to 10 and then to 15 minutes or longer depending on the energy level and attention of your dog. You can have a morning, noon, and late afternoon sessions depending on your schedule.
General Rule # 3: Enjoy Your Dog
One of the important general rules for training dogs has to do with our attitude. Make it a habit to enjoy your dog. Do not simply focus on the learning; learn to enjoy every moment of togetherness. It is easier for dogs to enjoy training and can learn easily if they know we love them. Do not yell at them nor hit them (That’s animal cruelty), and never resort to chain-jerking as a form of punishment. These are a no-no in treating and training dogs. The next guideline is equally important.
You need to learn to enjoy every moment of togetherness with your dog
General Rule #4: Be Patient and Persistent
Some dogs are smarter than others for some reasons, but others need a little bit more of help like leading them to where they should be or carrying them and placing them in that particular spot after a command. Do this until they get the idea.
If they don’t follow a more complex task, stop and give a simple command for which they must be given a reward. Dogs observe that if they get rewarded for something, they learn to do it and in increasing intensity and regularity. Then, you may continue with your complex training.
You need to be patient - Never get mad when your dog cannot follow your commands
Don’t go for instant results. Our dogs (remember we’re dealing with animals) require some patience - a lot of it. Don’t get mad when your dog keeps doing the wrong thing. Don’t lose your temper when he seems inattentive lacks the drive. More than likely, you’re doing something amiss. This leads me to another general rule for training dogs.
General Rule #5: Use Rewards
Part of your task is to determine early on what your pet enjoys eating, doing or having, etc. Knowing these give you the tool in effective training. Rewards make them remember a desired behavior. Every time they obey, give rewards like a small chunk of cheese or by petting or a word of praise like “Good!” or a phrase “Good Marty!”
Rewards are useful tools to train your dog effectively
Rewards have to be associated with obedience so give the treat within ½ second of your command. Once a trick is learned, the giving of rewards may be lessened until the dog obeys as a matter of habit. Give bite-sized treats that don’t crumble or that don’t need to be chewed. You want to avoid distracting them so they can focus.
General Rule #6: Set Reasonable Goals
One general rule for training dogs is to make things easy at the outset. Begin with short commands, usually monosyllabic words like “sit”, “come”, “stay”, “up” and so on. Don’t confuse your dog with so many words and never combine the command with his name. From simple commands, you can move on to more complicated ones such as “Stay by the door”, “Sit on the couch”, “Pick up the toy” and so on.
You should begin to train your dog with short commands like “sit”, “come”, “stay”, “up”
Your dog may find complex commands difficult and may hesitate. Withhold a reward and go back to simple commands and then progress from there. For instance, of your dog already knows “sit”, let him perform that and give a reward if he follows. Then tell him the more demanding task and say until he learns it.
Make sure you end the training with a simple task that you know they will most likely to perform and then give an appropriate reward.
General Rule #7: Apply “Simple to Complex” Approach
Training dogs require that we follow the simple-to-complex strategy. Here are the steps:
- Train in quiet and then move on to noisier places.
- Teach tricks in environments beginning with minimal to more distractions (i.e. from living room to play ground and then to the grocery store).
- From high-tone loud commands to less audible ones
- Train the dog to obey other members of the family as well as friends. Obeying should not be hard if the dog has developed the response to a particular command even from strangers.
You can transform your dogs into more responsible members of the family and the community if you understand fully who they are and train them regularly with lots of patience, love, and reasonable expectations for the training. They love to be showers them with appropriate rewards. Remember, one of the general rules to train dogs successfully is by giving them easy-to-follow one-word commands and then move on with the more demanding ones. Happy training!