Rules of Dog Training

by Ron Dorazio

1. Lavish praise on your dog when he does as asked. Don’t be half-hearted about it; dogs can tell the difference.

2. Correct timing is imperative. Dogs must be shown the error of their ways or their poor compliance to obedience commands at the very time these events occur. To praise or correct a dog after the fact would confuse him as to what he’s being praised or corrected for.

3. Try to always be consistent in your training. Never, for instance, give your dog a command that you can’t or won’t follow through on.

4. Remember that all dogs, large and small, are pack animals, and as such have a pack hierarchy mentality. To be comfortable and happy, your dog must know his position in the pack (in this case, your family), and must understand what is expected of him. Obedience training is your best tool to establish this.

5. Never train a dog when you are angry. It won’t be fair to the dog and it probably will do more harm than good.

6. It is best to teach potentially aggressive dogs to stay off furniture.

7. When you feed your dog, have him sit and wait until you tell him it’s okay to eat. Again, this helps establish his position in your family.

8. Do not expect your dog to think like a human. During training, try to think more like she does so you can help her understand what is expected.

9. If you don’t want your dog to beg while you are eating, never feed him from the table.

10. Treat your dog with love and respect (and be firm when necessary) and you will be rewarded many times over with a happy, loving, obedient companion.

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