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Dog Training Roseville CA

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Published on Dec 26, 2012

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Dog Training Roseville CA

THE ART OF TEACHING

Remember when you were in school and had a favorite teacher? That teacher seemed to have a knack for helping students understand the subject matter. Those teachers who get concepts across to their students well have made teaching an ART.

As in teaching humans, teaching dogs can also be an art. To take teaching dogs to that higher level, below are some keys concepts:

TIMING

The timing of corrections AND praise (reinforcement) MUST be impeccable. It is TOO late to correct or praise if the dog is not doing what you want to reinforce. Reinforcement MUST happen AS the behavior is happening. If Poochie has pooped on the floor and then you find him chewing a bone, it is way too late to correct for pooping on the floor!

CONSISTENCY

If you do not want Poochie on the couch, then he should NEVER be allowed on the couch. If you do not want your dog to jump up on you when you are dressed for work, then he also should not be allowed to jump up on you when you are wearing jeans. Dogs do not understand sometimes or maybe. They only understand always or never! If you want your dog to lay down and he doesn't, follow through by showing him what you expect. The best way to lose your dog's respect is by not following through on commands.

PRAISE

Too often we focus on correction with our dogs, and never say a word when things are going well. If Poochie is lying quietly on the floor chewing a bone, tell him what a GOOD DOG he is! Even if you have had a difficult time getting your dog to come back to you, being angry will only make it worse (see related article). You need to lose the anger and let him know he is good for coming (through clenched teeth, resisting the urge to strangle him!). After all, he DID come to you. Dog training class instructors have a MUCH more difficult time getting dog owners to PRAISE their dogs than they do in getting them to correct their dogs!

FIRM

TELL your dog, don't ASK him (see related article on tone of voice)! If he doesn't comply, then SHOW him! However, FIRM does NOT mean MEAN!

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