Whether it is to create a wanted behavior or correct an unwanted one, the benefits to proper training of your pet are endless. Training sets your new puppy, or established furry family member, up for a life of continued success and happiness. If you have a new puppy, see our blog on what to expect when expecting a new puppy.
Remember, by giving clear, consistent directions and cues, and positive reinforcement you can go a long way in changing your pet’s behavior. We suggest you work with a qualified trainer, however, here are some simple tips to follow:
- Know your dog: What is truly a reward for him- treats, praise, a high value toy?
- Be clear: State the command in the same way every time.
- Be consistent: For example, if your dog is not allowed to jump on people then don’t allow your dog to do it with anyone.
- Use positive commands: Instead of saying “no” for an undesirable behavior, tell the dog what to do. So when he jumps on someone, tell him “sit” instead of “no”.
- Reward good behavior every time.
- Schedules: Dogs love consistency. Keep to their schedule as much as possible to lessen anxiety, which is an underlying cause of many behavior problems.
- Simple things everyday: Train your dog to look to you for cues. Teach your dog a sit command before every interaction. This simple technique helps tremendously for those unexpected situations like jumping or running away.
- Seek veterinary guidance when needed: Some behavior problems such as severe anxiety or aggression need the expertise of a board certified veterinary behaviorist. Speak with one of our veterinarian to help advise you in these situations.
Pro tip: AVOID any trainer that uses punitive training (e.g. - choke, pinch or shock collars, advising you to inflict fear or harm) as part as their training plan!