Do you have a new dog that doesn’t listen and needs training? Dogs at any age need periods of adjustment and training when they come into a new home. How you begin to train your new pet sets the tone on how your relationship will be so is critical that you think about your approach to dog training. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Not all dogs are created equal.
This means that the way your previous dog, your neighbor’s dog, or the dog on that reality show was trained is the right way for your dog. No matter which method you choose, make sure it’s something that is comfortable with your pet. Fear or apprehension will keep your pet from making progress with his training.
Positive reinforcement always trumps scolding.
Just like how you get tired of all your wrong-doings being pointed out, so will your dog. Concentrate more on what he does right. Praise and reward him when he exhibits desirable behavior and soon that behavior will become second nature.
Make it clear.
While it’s easy and instinctual to just say “no” when your dog does something less than desirable, it is more productive to give him an alternative. If you open a bag that sounds suspiciously like dog treats, your pooch may try to jump all over you to get to the bag. Instead of just nudging him down and saying “no”, try telling him to “sit”. After you make it clear that only waiting patiently will get him a treat, then you may reward him.
Get everyone in on the plan.
Everyone in the household needs to be on the same training program. Your dog will respond much faster to training if it is consistent. This means that training is going to be a daily thing with lots of repetition. So sit down with whoever else will be involved in your dog’s training and make a plan. Here at the Barking Lot, we implement positive reinforcement training using clickers at our Chicago Dog Training Classes.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Training takes a lot of patience, even with the most basic of behavior modifications and commands. Some dogs are eager to learn new commands and are great candidates for taking it to the next level with agility course training. Other dogs have had their negative behavior reinforced for a long time and will need more extensive dog training to redirect those behaviors.
No matter which stage of training you are in, the Barking Lot can help. We have staff members on hand specialized in obedience and behavior training to guide you every step of the way. Please contact us to set up a time to discuss your training needs and how to sign up for either private lessons or our group classes.