There are many fine books on the market that describe different viewpoints on the subject of training your dog.
Each author will give an opinion as to why his chosen method is preferred over that of someone else.
Regardless of the author, there are many common threads through out these various methods.
It is important to teach your puppy with positive reinforcement of desired behavior by giving treats and lavish praise when he does something right. When doing this, alternate during the first few sessions between verbal praise and edible treats. Don’t leave your dog thinking he will always get some tasty tidbit because you don’t want him to someday realize you don’t have a treat so there is no reason to obey.
Punishment is an undesired form of training. It will works wonders on teaching your dog one behavioral trait, to fear you. Why should Rover come to you when you call him when he knows you are going to beat him for getting out of the fence to begin with? In housebreaking, it will often teach the dog to be more selective and sneaky as to where it messes in the house. Punishment training isn’t just beating your dog, it includes rubbing noses into their own feces and rapping noses or rumps with rolled up newspapers. For years these were the norm when it came to training dogs and it is a method that is dying an agonizingly slow death.
When training your dog to do tricks or commands, always pick a quiet area with few distractions. A secluded back yard or an inside room works best. If you have other pets, put them up so they won’t interfere with training.
Older dogs can be taught although the optimum time for training begins at seven to eight weeks.
Keep training lessons short. Ten to fifteen minutes is ample time to teach a simple command so stick to one command a day and always end on a good note. Once your dog or puppy has performed the command a couple of times, end by telling him what a great dog he is. Release him from class and spend a little time playing with him. This will teach him to look forward to your time together.
Whenever outside or in an open area, keep your dog on a leash. These can be six to ten feet long and if you do nothing but stand on it, your pet won’t be able to escape and possibly be injured.
Patience is a must. If you have had a hard day and on your last nerve, don’t attempt to train your dog. He will pick up on your emotions and become anxious himself. As with people, those who become over anxious to please often do just the opposite.
Use happy, friendly voices for commands such as heel and come. On the other hand, you will want a lower, firmer voice for sit, down, and stay.
Training should be a fun time for both you and your pet. Use this time to bond with your puppy, get to know his personality and allow him time to learn yours. In doing so, you will acquire not just a well- behaved dog, but a loyal friend and companion.