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Getting Your Canine To Listen

Educating your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience. Dogs are brilliant students who rely on you for their education. Education also helps to strengthen the relationship between you and your dog. Basic injunctions such as "come", "sit", "stay", "leave it", "down", "focus" and "touch" will make your dog a good canine citizen. Dogs that have received a good basic education will have a less stressful and more enjoyable life than those that have not been educated, and they will be less likely to go astray.

Young Puppies

Young puppies show a lot of enthusiasm for learning, and you will be able to start educating the newcomer as soon as he arrives in your home. On the other hand, there is no reason to believe the myth that the puppy must be at least six months old before it can be trained. Therefore, you will be able to get down to business from their first steps. The younger they are, the easier it is to consider dog training and they will learn much faster! Now, here are some basic tips for dog training. For any further information or advice on professional dog training, you can contact us for professional training.

Rules to Follow

Dog training sessions should be enjoyable and short. It is better to organize two to three five-minute exercise sessions a day than to insist on doing half an hour consecutively. Puppies, in fact, very easily lose their concentration. Practice the exercises only if you are in a good mood, in order to prevent frustration of the learning process instead of enjoying it with your pup. Always be sure to end the exercise session on a pleasant little note, offering your dog an exercise that he is able to perform easily. Thus, you will end the session with a positive evaluation.

First Step

As a first step, eliminate all the elements that may distract your dog. Be clear and precise about what you want to teach him and choose a serene environment. Subsequently, you will opt for a more lively place as you progress, so that your dog can get used to responding to your cues in different environments.

Giving Rewards

Dog training should be accompanied by a reward: treats, toys, games, hugs, etc. whatever your dog find rewarding! Methods of compulsively punishing the dog are fear inducing, have a negative impact on your dog and your relationship, and lead to mistrust and fear related behaviors. Never use choke collars as these can very easily injure your dog. If pulling is an issue the solution is training and not a harsh piece of equipment.

First Exercise

The seated position is the first and easiest dog training exercise to teach your dog. Take a treat and show it to your dog. Now place the treat directly on your pup’s nose. The key is to make sure your dog is following the treat once in-front of their nose! Now move the treat up and back towards their rear end. This will encourage the dog to bring their head up. The easiest way for your dog to look up is to sit! So once your dog’s bottom touches the floor mark “yes!” And feed your tasty treat.


These exercises payoff by rewarding correct behavior and setting your dog up to succeed by beginning with low distractions envirnments, short sessions and a playful positive attitude! Your dog enjoys learning and will gain confidence and build a long lasting relationship with you. However, sometimes it is necessary to make your dog understand that his behavior is incorrect. Rather than a frustrated "no" at every turn, results can be quickly achieved by first teaching your dog what they should do instead of focusing on what we don’t want them to do. Mind set can make all the difference! If you are struggling to get your dog to listen to you, it is best to hire a dog trainer or dog training school. So contact us today to get started!

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