Ten Dog Training Tips

"Watch Me!" is an important command to teach your dog.

Dog training can be an interesting challenge, for those who are new to it as well as those with many years of experience. Keep these 10 tips in mind when you are working with your dog and you will be richly rewarded.

  1. Always train to suit yourself.
  2. Before any training can be successful, there must be a human-canine relationship based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. This is a 24-hour-a-day relationship.
  3. Never allow behaviors in a puppy that you would find objectionable in an adult dog (for example, jumping, barking excessively, snatching toys, nipping pant legs, inattention and so forth).
  4. Be observant. Reward all the behaviors a puppy exhibits that you want him to possess as an adult dog.
  5. Never blame the dog. Always look to yourself for his shortcomings because he is a product of what you put into him.
  6. A correction means to take a behavior that is wrong and make it right. It does not mean the dog is bad.
  7. Never give more than one command for anything. This is the foundation of respect in all aspects of the human-canine relationship.
  8. Never correct a behavior you have not taught.
  9. Anticipation is the greatest thing that can happen to you in training.
  10. Don’t expect more than you are willing to give. There is no such thing as a bored dog. There are only boring trainers.

These tips are from Bobbie Anderson’s book, Building Blocks for Performance, 2nd Edition. Ms. Anderson was a successful exhibitor, trainer and former AKC obedience judge.  In 2004, 2010 and 2011 she competed on the World Obedience Team during the prestigious Crufts show in Great Britain, serving as team captain in 2010 and 2011. She put over 100 AKC titles on dogs, including 9 Obedience Trial Championships, multiple UDXs, 7 Tracking Dog titles, and over 125 High in Trial wins.

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