Beginning Basic Obedience†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Guidelines
This is an introductory obedience course.† Do not expect your dog to be fully trained by the end of the seven weeks.† It takes a dog 6 weeks to learn something new so you must continue to train after you have completed this class.† The following guidelines are designed to help you in your training so that time with your dog becomes a positive, educational, and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog.
∑ Be CONSISTENT.† Donít send mixed signals to your dog.† They will read your body language as well as listen to your commands.† Everyone in your household must use the same commands and follow the same training advice.
∑ Be patient.† Perfection (or near perfection) comes with lots of time and practice.
∑ Train often, even after your dog has learned everything that you want him to learn.† Regular training and exercise will help to keep your dog healthy, happy, and a joy to be around.
∑ NEVER train when you are in a bad mood or are tired.† It is much better to skip a training session than to take out your anger and frustrations on your dog.
∑ You choose the level of perfection you want your dog to perform for each command.† Once you decide how correctly you want your dog to do an exercise, remember what you decided.† Keep in mind though that it is much easier to train a dog to perform the correct positions from the beginning then it is to start off with sloppy positions then a year later decide you want absolute perfection.
∑ Keep your training sessions short and happy.†
∑ Always end the training session with a good job done and a positive attitude.†
∑ Try alternate methods for an exercise if your dog does not respond to the current method you are using.
∑ Avoid over training a command during a session.†
∑ Cover a few different commands in a session to keep your dog interested.†
∑ Use the proper tone of voice for the particular exercise.†
∑ Remember what words you choose to use as commands.
∑ Praise and reward only correct behavior.†
∑ Make sure your praise is immediate so your dog understands what behavior is being rewarded.
∑ Use positive reinforcement with your dog.† (Focus on and praise him for his good behavior instead of punishing him all the time for his misbehavior.)
∑ Be aware of the different developmental stages a young dog will go through and make allowances for them in training.† And be aware of the limitations that your breed of dog has in regards to trainability.