The Dog Training Basics
By Michael Albee
OK, Let’s start with the Dog Training Basics! You spent hours on Petfinder.com and visiting the rescues and shelters. All of the basic research is done and you have the right breed, energy level and age of dog that is perfect for your family. You have found “the perfect dog!” Fast forward several weeks and you and your new best friend are spending lots of time bonding. It’s going very well.
So What’s Next? It’s time to start working on some dog training basics! Are you ready to start teaching your dog the basic behaviors? Maybe even a few tricks? That’s Great, but first you need to know a few things.
No matter how old (or young) the dog is, you need to realize that training MUST be fun for you and your dog. If it’s not, your dog will shut down and will want nothing to do with it.
So how do you make it fun? How do you get your dog interested and keep his interest in training? IT’S EASY. You make training into a game!
Praise him in a happy voice and reward him every time he does something you like. Reward him with one of his favorite toys or a treat. If he sees that you are happy he’ll go out of his way to make you stay that way.