No matter how smart, obedient, or well-behaved your dog is, he will need to be trained to some extent. Training a dog can be an extremely rewarding or terribly frustrating process depending on how you do it. You can either form a deep, trusting bond with Fido, or you can scare him so badly, he won’t want anything to do with you. If you want to foster a friendship with your pup, here are a few training do’s and don’ts:
DO: Be nice to your dog whenever he comes to you.
DON’T: Do anything to your dog that he can perceive as unpleasant when he comes to you.
DO: Give commands to your dog only once.
DON’T: Nag your dog by repeating commands over and over.
DO: Use a normal tone of voice.
DON’T: Raise your voice, yells, or use ridiculous baby voices and the like.
DO: Use comfortable, dog friendly collars, training equipment.
DON’T: Use pain-inducing equipment, like shock collars.
DO: Give your dog an outlet for his energies. Get him outside and let him play.
DON’T: Coop your dog up or suppress behaviors that need an outlet.
DO: Socialize your pup with people and other dogs.
DON’T: Lock your dog up or put him out because he hasn’t been trained.
DO: Make your dog works for his rewards and toys. Don’t just give them away.
DON’T: Use force or punishment when training your dog.
DO: Consistently praise or reward desired behavior.
DON’T: Reward your dog for undesired behavior.
DO: Spend plenty of time playing with and giving exercise to your dog.
DON’T: Neglect your pooch. You’ll break his heart.
DO: Get outside training help when you get stuck or hit a snag.
DON’T: Blame your dog if you don’t do a good job training him.
DO: Build a cooperative relationship with your dog based on communication and self-respect.
DON’T: Use confrontational methods that may hurt, threaten, or frighten your dog.
DO: Keep trying. It may take time, but your dog will get what you work hard to teach him.
DON’T: Give up on your dog. Remember that anything worth doing is worth taking the time to do.