Introduction I am sure you've seen people out in the streets yelling at their dog to come to them, and when finally the poor thing gets to them, it gets yelled at again for taking so long. It's a sad picture, but have you ever wondered what this means to the dog? Let me ask you something else: do you think the dog understands that he's getting yelled at for not coming to his master quickly enough? Of course not! He thinks he's done something wrong by actualy doing what he was supposed to do, so, next time, it'll take even longer when he hears "heel!". Do you see how this training "strategy" is completely counterproductive? Do you see how instead of teaching the dog good behavior it scares and paralyzes him. Now, this problem is a very common one among dog owners wanting to train their four-legged friends. They get frustratet that their dog doesn't just "get it" and start yelling... Why? Because they don't have a plan. They don't have a set of steps they can follow in order to successfully teach their dog a command or a trick. They simply don't know what to do. Now, does this mean that giving them a plan will solve a problem? Well, yes and no. I mean, it's much better for them to have a plan than not have it, but it's also very important for the plan to be actualy good. It's important for the plan to work, and work well. So... I've decided to write this short guide for you to let you know a few main characteristics of a good dog training plan. My intention is to keep this report short and concise, so the tips and strategies will be talked about rather briefly, but at the end of this book you'll know what every single dog training plan needs to have to be effective. So, let's get rollin', OK?
Chapter 1 There is one word you should always keep in mind when training your dog and that's... Authority. See, dogs are very social, and they love to be in groups. Because of that, they have to have a chierarchy just to make sure every one knows what their role and place in the group is. The dog which has the most authority and is kind of the protector of the group is called the Alpha Dog. All of the other dogs look up to it, and all of them tend to obey what it says. Now, of course, if you just have a dog in the house, then the members of the household become “the group” with you as the alpha dog (hopefully). As you probably know, it's not enough to just say you're the leader, or that you're the alpha dog. You actualy have to be one. So, how do you become the alpha dog in your dog's mind? It's really quite simple. You have to train it. Now, obviously, I can't go into great detail on what to specifically do but a few things that have proven to work multiple times is making your dog wait for the food he gets, “eating” something out of his bowl right in front of him, paying close attention to the tone of voice you use when you interact with your dog, etc. Now... Once you become the alpha dog, you'll have the authority necessary to train your dog, but that doesn't mean that you should be unkind in any way to your animal. I mean, now that you're the alpha dog, you should protect it and lead it. You should train it to do what you want it to do. It's important that you keep in mind that if you want a friend, which is hopefully why you got your dog in the first place, you have to be a friend yourself. It's not enough to just tell your dog to do stuff, you have to give it praise, make it feel good and play with it, just like you would with a friend. So, just like your mom and pop used to say, your dog is not necessarily a toy, although it can be fun to play with. Treat it like a feeling, living and breathing creature and you'll have a friend for life.
Chater 2 Another thing that's important to keep in mind is that your dog learns everything just like a human does. I mean, you don't expect your child to know what you want to teach them after telling them something just once, right? Studies have shown that in order for something to sink into a human brain, it needs to be repeated about seven times. Not once. Not twice, but 7 times. Now, the number might actualy be different for your dog, but the point is that your dog learns everything it knows by repetition. I'll tell you even more, unlike us, it doesn't actualy understand the words it hears and it needs to figure everything out from the tone of your voice, so... It's even harder. Whenever you really want to teach your dog something, and whenever you really want something to sink in, you have to run it through them a few times. Of course, at first it's best if you train them in their usual training spot (that you've selected, either in your home or outside) but after some time when you feel a command has become a little easier for them to do, you can try it in different locations. This way, you'll not only teach your dog through repetition, but you'll also make sure it doesn't get attached to one, specific spot. Of course, as you go through a command with your dog, you have to use positive reinforcement which meawns you should reward them for every single time they've performed the command well. This actualy brings us very nicely to our next point...
Chapter 3. Did you know people use electric fences to stop their dogs from going somewhere? The idea is that if a dog wants to go somewhere it shouldn't, it'll get electricuted and, after some time, it'll learn that going the certain direction means pain, so... ...it'll stop going there. This may work in some cases but it's not nearly as effective as good 'ol positive reinforcement. I've mentioned it to you in the previous chapter, but I really wanted to hammer it home, so to speak. I mean, just think about yourself and your life. Do you learn the best in stressful circumstances, or when you're having fun? The answer to this is quite obvious. Dogs learn the best when they're having fun, so you should make sure that your training sessions are as fun and entertaining as they possibly can be. Of course, you're the alpha dog and you should maintain the authority, but you should also remember that you'll get the best results when your dog is having fun.
Conclusion Now you know a few things you need to keep in mind when training your dog. These are also very solid guidelines you can use when trying to determine if a dog training program is good for you to follow or not. Now, before we part, I really need to mention one last thing to you. See, a training process for a dog is just like a learning process for a person. An inteligent person will keep leawrning as they go through each day, and so will your dog. Training your animal should be an ongoing, cheerful and fun process that should never end. There's always new things to learn, so... Have fun training you dog!
Dogs, like children, respond to discipline better if you have a strong foundation and are consistent.