September 10, 2016

5 Things To Know Before Training Your Dog

Robin here!

Training your dog, no matter what his personality is like, will take some time and effort. Here are five important things to know before training your dog.

1. Have patience

Some dogs might be more eager to learn and pick up a new command quite easily, while some dogs might be more stubborn and distracted. Remember that your dog is trying to learn what you want him to do. Even the most obedient dogs might take some time learning a new thing if they can't quite understand what you want from them.

2. Don't became frustrated with your dog

Even the most patient people might come frustrated when their dog hasn't picked up a new command after an hour of training or if their dog forgets everything they just learned the next day. This goes along with having patience. If you feel like you might become angry or frustrated with your dog, or even upset or annoyed, take a break. Go for a walk with your dog. Do something relaxing and wait until you're both ready to continue training.

3. Don't overwhelm your dog

Admit it, your dog is smart. He might keep you on your toes all day and always find a way to steal your food or chew your shoe, even if you're right there watching him. However, too much training and repetitiveness in your training could overwhelm your dog. Try not to teach him too much in one day and keep training sessions short for the best results.

4. Don't set high expectations

No two dogs are the same, and your dog could become overwhelmed if you expect too much of him. Instead, set those standards in your mind aside and live in the moment as you walk through your training with your dog.

5. Don't be tight about training

Training isn't another chore for the day. It isn't something you should try to avoid, either. It also isn't something you should stress too much about and be too strict about with your dog. Training doesn't always have to be a time you have to set aside, either. You can spontaneously train for a minute or two on your walks and casually at home. Have fun with your training. With positive methods, training is a bonding experience that both you and your dog will enjoy. Don't be surprised if your dog begs you to train him every day if you've followed these steps!

What are some ways you ignite your training sessions?


  1. Hari OM
    Oh look at zzzzzznookums! ... My Jade was an 'eye' dog, which meant she was really responsive to hand and body signals. This was great as I learned a few doggy facial expressions and could work her almost entirely with those - you know the sort of thing - the sideways glance, the cocked head... the snarl... worked a treat! YAM xx

  2. We try to watch the dog and attach a word to a certain action the dog does naturally. For example, if the dog is sitting, say good sit.

  3. Very good list Christmas....I bet you are tired after visiting Ruby! She is a wild child
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Thank you for the wonderful Birthday card you sent - it arrived yesterday :)

  5. We used to always do some training every day after our pawrents had lunch. We loved it!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Another group of wonderful tips!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. These are good tips! Thank you fur sharing.
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  8. I will usually play with Mini and get her excited and then start training. If she doesn't get excited or want to play, then I know she doesn't feel like doing any training at that time. Most of the time she will do anything for a treat though :)


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