There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior.
Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.
1. You must win your dogs mind.
If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. Winning your dogs mind means that, your dog looks to you for all the decisions.
If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.
2. Motivate your dog.
It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys in terms of exercise, play, and reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.
Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!
Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.
Anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise.
Games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc.
Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well.
Always vary food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward
One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan.
Firstly there is of course a whole range of different types of aggression from dominant to fearful and everything in between. Then there is aggression that occurs the whole time and other aggression, which is very erratic, and random depending on a number of different factors. We could also look at what your dog is aggressive towards; it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects.
ar at least the cause of the problem is the same. Your dog thinks that it is the pack leader, becomes fearful and attacks to protect, you and himself.
Dominant dogs will be more proactive, often attacking when they still have the option of running away, fearful dogs will only attack if they have no place to run. All the other factors pale into insignificance compared to this.
(This is the easiest place to convince him you are the decision maker.) Only then can you convince him that you are the pack leader on the walk.
Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader outside, then upon reaching the point where he usually is aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving!
If you aren’t then your dog will probably continue to ignore what you are doing at this point forever.
One of the best examples of a professional dog trainer putting this all into practice is The Online Dog Trainer. The site has live videos of this method being demonstrated and explains exactly how to stop dog aggression by simply convincing your dog that you are the pack leader.
Doggy Dan is the founder of The Online Dog Trainer, a wildly successful online training program for dog owners. Over the last decade, he has helped over 47,000 people successfully train their dogs using the exact methods found in The Online Dog Trainer program.
Doggy Dan has written the book What the Dogs Taught Me About Being a Parent. Over 100,000 people from around the world subscribe to Doggy Dan’s blog site, and he has been featured in a number of magazines. Also appeared as a regular guest on a number of radio shows and made several TV appearances, recently showing up on The Real Housewives of Auckland.
DOG WON'T LISTEN ISSUES
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Aggressive Behavioral Issues
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