Training is an important part of a dog’s life; it not only provides mental stimulation, but it helps to keep your pup happy, and training together strengthens your bond. Training should be based on positive reward based methods, but dogs can still find learning new things in new environments challenging. Follow these top tips for successful, fun training sessions.
Top 5 Tips
1. Use positive reward based methods
- Positive training rewards and motivates a dog for good behaviour, setting them up to succeed, while allowing you to build a relationship with your dog based on mutual trust.
- Find out what your dog really likes – rewards for your pup might be a small piece of cheese or meat, or they may have a favourite game they love to play or may simply love to receive ‘good dog’ praise from you!
- Reward your dog when they do what you want them to do, as this encourages them to do it again!
- Make learning fun as your dog will respond much more quickly.
2. Make training part of your daily schedule
- Schedule in regular training sessions so that it becomes part of your routine.
- Develop a signal so your dog knows that a training session is about to start – this could be putting on your dog’s ThunderShirt.
- Make sure you use the same cues – it is tempting sometimes to use the cue word differently, but consistency will help your dog understand what you are looking for.
- End a session with something that your dog knows well, so you end on a positive flourish!
3. Go at your dog’s pace
- Start with simple cues, such as responding to their name, building your dog’s confidence as they succeed. Keep training sessions short (up to 15 minutes for many dogs) and stop if your dog is showing signs that they are not able to concentrate.
- Focus on one task at a time so they don’t become confused.
- Different dogs will learn at their own pace so don’t get frustrated if learning is not going as fast as you would like. If they are struggling with a task, go back a few steps in the training process and build back up again.
4. Benefits from Calming ThunderShirt for your dog!
- ThunderShirt is a calming jacket, helping them to feel more relaxed and may help them remained focused on you while you are learning together.
- ThunderShirt’s patented design provides a calming effect by applying a gentle, constant pressure.
- 1,000,000+ dogs have already been helped – yours could be next!
5. Training is a life-long activity!
- Training your puppy and attending puppy school classes is really important, but dogs don’t stop learning when they leave puppyhood.
- Your dog’s ongoing training will depend on what your objectives and your dog’s skills are: perhaps you could do an obedience refresher course or you could even try a new hobby together and get training in a dog sport such as agility or flyball! Keep learning and enjoy time training together.