If you decide to adopt or purchase a new puppy or dog, it’s essential that you equip yourself with the necessary skills and knowledge to train him. An untrained dog can be a nightmare to you in the coming days. I will be sharing some simple dog training tips that could help you get started with your dog training journey.
Many owners start out with clicker training, but eventually abandon it because they lack of patience to fully learned how to use the clicker to effectively train their dog.
If you do decide to go with a clicker training method, you should be prepared to spend some time working with your dog. The clicker should be used only when your dog is demonstrating a behavior that you would like him to repeat.
Otherwise, you should use the clicker only when the dog is not doing what you want him to do. For example, you would use the clicker to get your dog’s attention and then give him a treat when he turns his head to the right, places his butt back on the floor, sniffs, and stands.
To effectively use the clicker to train your dog, you will need to be consistent with the timing and the actual behaviors you are trying to teach your dog. If you want to teach him to sit, you would simultaneously click the clicker and say “sit” at the moment your dog sits.
It is very important to consistently use the exact same marker each time. Your dog will soon become accustomed to what times and scenarios the marker is executed. This process is called “loading the clicker”, That is, you “load” the clicker and “halter” it. That way, your dog will be familiar with exactly what the clicker sound means.
You are teaching your dog that when he hears the clicker, he will receive a treat. This is how it goes. Before you begin using the clicker to train your dog, you need to teach him that the clicker means he will receive a treat. This can be done by using the clicker and then reinforcing it with a treat when your dog follow your command successfully. For example, if you want to teach your dog to sit, you would loading the clicker and using the command “sit” while you give your dog his treat.
If you have been using traditional training methods such as positive reinforcement, you will not need to switch over to clicker training. You will be able to adopt a training method that is effective for you and your dog and repeat the successful behaviors over and over again.
I have found that by far, training using positive reinforcement is the most effective way to successfully train your dog. It encourages your dog to exhibit the behaviors you want. Rewards and positive communication with your dog will help you to develop a more meaningful relationship with your pet.
Forming a relationship with your dog. One of the most important things you need to do with your dog is to build a relationship. Let your dog know that you are going to play with him and spend time with him.
Most dogs absolutely love to play. One of the best ways to provide quality playtime and build bond with your dog is to have a variety of toys for him to play with. Kong toys are the best type of toys to provide for this purpose. You can also dig cute shapes and names into them and hide them, perhaps in a toy container so that your dog has to work a little harder to get them out.
Your dog may also love to play tug a war with you. You provide the tug toy and allow your dog to play tug with it. You watch and wait for your dog to tug on one of your tug toys, and then you “drop” the toy and give him a treat. He would learn to make the association between tug toy and fun and of course, his reward.
If your dog has the problem of pulling, you may want to consider using a harness whenever possible. Some dogs love to use their collars to pull. You should avoid using a harness unless your dog is constantly pulling.
A harness is a good tool to use if your dog had difficulty with walking and keeps pulling. It can be a good way to control him especially if you like to jog or ride your bike with your dog by your side.
Of course, my recommendation will be to consider using obedience training technique to teach your dog to stop pulling. You can teach your dog to walk beside you on a loose lead and to sit when you stop. You can also teach your dog to walk on a heel and to sit and stay at your sides. This can be done using positive reinforcement approaches.
Be consistent in what you do in your dog training. Always use the same commands and give your dog the same signals. Simple gestures such as a facial or body action only matter if they are consistent. Otherwise your dog is never going to learn.
If you have sufficient time, you can probably teach your dog some tricks as well. I personally have taught my dog to kiss, shake and rollover tricks. Each of these tricks are fun and easy for him to do. They are also a lot of exercise for him! Don’t they make your puppy “special”?