Dog Training 101
The last thing any owner wants is their dog barking in the early morning or their shoes all chewed up. You may not be a licensed pet trainer with years of experience behind you, but it doesn't mean you can't be the next dog whisperer. There are training methods that you can learn at home while simultaneously training your dog to be obedient and reliant.
Keep in mind; some dogs may not be able to pick up training techniques as quick as you want and they learn best with repetition. It is important to be patient; encourage your pup and provide positive reinforcements such as treats or a belly rub.
Grab some treats and a positive attitude—here are few tips on basic tricks, obedience skills, and house training and manners.
The Tricks: Scientist, Ivan Pavlov discovered a psychology induced reflex in the form of classical conditioning. He performed an experiment that depicted the relation between meat powder and salivation. Pavlov's observation led to the conclusion that dogs learn best with repetition. The dog anticipated eating the treat when he visually noticed the meat powder and as a result produced excessive saliva. Apply Pavlov's classical conditioning when training your dog tricks. Through repetition your dog will be able to associate the different variables.
- Crawl: Give your dog the "down" command and back up to create some space between your dog and you. Then kneel down with a treat in your hand and call "come, crawl." Once your dog crawls and grabs the treat—repeat.
- Side and Roll: Give your dog the "down" command and back up to create some space between your dog and you. Then kneel down with a treat in your hand. While calling "side" open your palm and move it in the direction you want your dog to lie. Repeat this technique before moving onto "roll." Then with a treat in your hand, move it in a circular motion and call "roll." After your dog rolls give her a treat and repeat.
Potty Training: First, move your dog into a confined pen area. Next, choose a designated area you would like your dog to potty. Walk your dog to that area and circle around it. Then, call a word that you want to use when cueing your dog to potty. Keep repeating this method and your dog will start to associate the word to the action (potty).
Behavioral Problems (ie. Chewing inappropriate items and barking excessively): With most behavioral problems it is imperative to apply the method of reward and punishment. For example, if you don't want your dog to chew on your shoe, apply a foul smelling food onto it and wait for your dog to try to chew your shoes. Once your dog tries they will back. Repeat this method and remember to reward your dog when he doesn't behave badly.
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