Dog training fundamentals can be summarized by three things – your dog’s attention span, understanding of your dog and consistency in its training.
For best training results, the first tip is to be consistent. Set a list of ground rules for your dog. Your dog needs to follow every one of these rules, and if he or she is doing a good job, show positive reinforcement, and negative reinforcement should he or she disobey. Dogs know if their owners are consistent or not and treat them accordingly. Dog training can be made easier if you are a person that the dog can follow and show respect to.
The bulk of good dog training depends on how you can sustain your dog’s attention and make it maintain its focus. Dogs may respect consistent leaders, but what good is it if they don’t understand simple instructions? Your dog can pay better attention and retain it through these quick and easy exercises. Shout out the word “Watch” as your dog looks at you after you call him or her over by name. By doing this, you are reinforcing your dog’s attention as you aim for him or her to associate the word “Watch” to looking at you. A dog’s attention span can be improved, but first, drill him or her on the “Watch” technique – with success. Dog treats are for dogs and not owners, but you may want to pretend to eat one, then give the “Watch” command to your dog afterward. After you stay at the same place for a few seconds, give your dog some much-needed praise. Repeat this exercise as needed, preferably until your dog can pay attention to you for a minute. Your dog’s attention span can determine how good a student it will be.
Effective dog obedience training can truly be achieved if you know how your dog thinks. A dog’s focus is usually limited to a short period of time. This attention span usually lasts no more than twenty minutes, and once the twenty minutes is up, dogs usually become listless and unfocused. A fun training session could lead to your dog developing a better attention span. Your dog needs to appreciate training and why you are doing it for him or her. You can never have enough treats as a prize for successfully obeyed commands – and you should also sound like you mean it when you give praise. Dogs train better when they actually look forward to training.
Let this serve as a beginner’s guide – the shortest possible way to get you started on effectively training your dog for obedience. Once you’ve mastered everything there is to know about obedience training (including all of this article), you should have the rewarding feeling of being a good owner and a good obedience trainer to your dog.