but that were loved pets and part of the family. In working with dogs of any breed you will find many similarities to working with young children. Puppies and Toddlers are easily distracted and highly exciteable. Both need love and attention and most of all both puppies and toddlers have a great desire to please you if they are only shown how. The more I compared toddlers and puppies I started to understand that, everything I needed to know about raising puppies I had learned from working with my children! Some of these steps have also been adapted from notes in training my dogs through K-9 college.
Treat your dog with the same love and respect you expect in return. Start working with your dog when he is a young puppy. Give him plenty of positive interaction, attention, love, petting and nurturing. This will encourage your dog to trust you and triggers their desire to obey and please you for positive reinforcement.
Move slowly and talk quietly A dog who is highly excited needs calm slow handling. A common mistake owners make is to move quickly or talk loadly in sharp tones. From the dogs point of view, the owner appears as excited as they are and sharp tones often sound like barking instead of calming the dog, this reinforces his excitement. By responding calmly, the owner sends a clear message that she is in control of the situation.
Choose effective training locations. Begin working in a safe distraction free area and give your dog your full undivided attention. Gradually begin moving on to practicing your obedience techniques in a public area or around other dogs.
Don’t nag your dog! Watch your dog’s body language. “Listen” to how your dog is responding to training. If your dog wanders, continue with less freedom of movement allowed until he has earned the right to train with a longer leash. This is a slow process but it is better to go slow and succeed than to hurry and fail. Remember you are the coach and it is important to help your dog look good.
Train, don’t restrain. Taking a firm grip on the leash and collar teaches the dog nothing except that you can restrain him. Instead give him a simple command, such as sit, with a gentle reminder of what you expect of him if necessary. Remember you want your dog to succeed. Make your goals for him simple enough to reach. Remember a one minute perfect sit is better than a sloppy sit – stay. Go slow and succeed. Don’t set the dog up for failure.
Ask for compliance, not submission. Avoid creating a struggle by asking the dog for more than he can do at one time. For example, if your dog is really excited, he may be unable or unwilling to lay down, but agreeable to sit quietly for a minute. Dominating your dog will not teach them to obey out of respect and love, only from submission. Compromise, give the dog other options and be reasonable.
Step 7 Love him, Practice patience, be creative and have fun with your dog.
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