19 Dog Walkers share their best tips for better trained dogs making for happier humans and puppers alike. We put the top 9 themes into this dog training infographic below.
Reward good behaviours, such as paying attention or remaining calm, whether or not you have asked for it. When you reward good behaviour with treats, praise or play, dogs learn to offer good behaviour more often.
You get what you pet. Be aware of when you give affection--you may subconsciously be encouraging bad behaviour!
A properly fitted harness can reduce pulling on the leash.
My favourite training tip is leash control. Stand up straight, nice and tall, arms relaxed with a loose but firm grip on the leash. The dog should walk next to you or behind but never ahead you. A 12 to 18-inch slack on the leash is best.
Use gentle leaders for dogs who pull.
Reward good behaviour and ignore the bad.
Stay calm and confident. And trust your dog.
Be consistent and use positive reinforcement - making it fun and beneficial for the dog every single walk.
Keep training fun and upbeat! You and your dog will enjoy bonding during the activity and it'll make learning easier.
Consistency is key!
On a strict walk, a dog is attached only at the heel. This arrangement doesn’t accomplish the relief or happiness a walk should have. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a walk that's too relaxed allows the dog to eat anything off the ground or lunge at passersby. Our walks are the perfect balance between work and play, consistently packed with love!
Patience and timing are the keys to positive reinforcement. Keep your commands simple and consistent.
Place a wet towel in the freezer to create a teething toy for puppies.
Reduce separation anxiety by not making a big deal out of leaving and coming home.
Keep your dog engaged and reinforce good behaviour.
You do not need a trainer for 10 sessions. You need someone who can show you what to do so once they leave, you have all the tools you need.
If your dog won’t do what you want him to do, go back to the step where he was successful. And be patient!
Dogs are verbal and visual learners. Give every verbal command a unique hand signal.
ALWAYS... provide pawsitive reinforcement!