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10 Training Dos and Donts
10 dog training dos and don'ts
To help make training easier for you, here's a list of Top 10 Training Do's and Don'ts:
Focus on your dog. Bring him into your world by understanding his instincts and natural behaviours.
Be honest. Never fool him into doing what you want or tease him with commands you teach.
Begin each command with the end in sight. Reward him lavishly—but only when she completes the task you've set.
Be consistent. Always use the same words for desired behaviours and the same tone of voice.
Think ahead. Anticipate your dog's actions before she moves.
Teach one command at a time.
Be patient. Allow enough time for your pooch to take in your command and then act.
Enjoy yourself. Play with your dog before and after each training session.
Be kind. A poorly trained dog is the fault of the trainer, not the dog.
Don't allow others to pamper him any more than you. You're the de facto alpha dog in your home pack—and he must look to you for leadership.
Don't finish a training session on a bad note. Remain positive and praise him for progress.
Don't punish him while you're angry.
Don't lose your temper.
Don't chase him. The idea is to make him come to you.
Don't deceive. Never shower him with praise to bring him to you and then punish him because he's been naughty.
Don't repeat. Be patient, but don't overuse commands.
Don't discipline for disobedience, unless you're certain that he understood the command you gave. Discipline and punishment are two very different things.
Don't reward your dog for a given behaviour, then, later admonish him for the same behaviour. Consistency is crucial.
Don't allow anybody else to command.
If your efforts are unsuccessful, then talk to a professional trainer.
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