There’s a lot of information and advice on the internet and in books about how to
best train your dog. We have read many of the articles and a lot of books on the
subject as well as attending numerous classes and strongly believe that you really
do ‘get out’ what you ‘put in’ in regards to training your dog. We also believe that
training is essential to enjoy your time together.
These are our top ten tips that have helped us get through so far.
(i) You can never have enough treats
Most, if not all dogs, will do anything for food.
(ii) Timing is everything
Dogs live in the moment. More than a few seconds after an event and it’s too late.
If you need to reprimand your dog it must be done there and then.
(iii) Don’t expect miracles
Especially with younger dogs. Everything is new and a distraction. It takes time.
(iv) Make sure your dog knows who’s boss
You need to be the pack leader and not pander to the whim of your dog. They will
respond better when they know the hierarchy.
(v) Don’t allow food aggression
Make your dog wait for its food. Take food away from it frequently so that it knows
that you are the person providing for it.
(vi) Be consistent
Often more than one person is training a dog and it’s important that everyone is
using common commands and actions.
(vii) It’s OK to ignore your dog
Sometimes it’s better to not make a fuss. It has to learn.
(viii) When house-training use a dog crate
This will dramatically speed up house-training (as dogs do not generally soil where
they are sleeping). It will also provide you with a secure place to leave your dog
(ix) Attend training classes
We all need help with some things and training classes are a great way to socialise
your dog and to meet other owners.
(x) Use a whistle
You should not let your dog off a lead until you are certain of its recall. A whistle
is a great way to train your dog to recall because it is consistent in sound and
can be heard over long distances.