Before you start any dog or puppy training program, think only of what you’re hoping to gain, as against the patterns you’re trying to eliminate. So as you start each exercise with your dog, create a picture in your minds eye of the goal you’re aiming for, and hold that image through the session. Steer your thoughts away from the actions and behavior that you want to avoid.
If you don’t have a destination in mind, how are you ever going to arrive there? This is the case with everything you do in life, especially where basic dog training also
It’s human nature to think about things that we don’t want to happen to us. This happens a lot with dogs! Not wanting our dog to pee anywhere inside our house is right up there, or chew our shoes, or disobey our commands, or bark like maniacs when we have guests or visitors come to stay.
But think about it. Especially if you’re thinking of getting a new puppy in the home. Would you actually relish the thought of relinquishing the next ten to fifteen years chasing your dog telling him off for things you didn’t want him to do? Isn’t it easier and more satisfying to teach your dog correct behavior from the beginning?
A prime example springs to mind is when we think, “I don’t want my dog to chew the corners of my carpet,” try, “I will encourage him to play with his toys.” Better than, “I hate it when the dog harasses and jumps up on people who visit the house,” how about, “It would be nice for the dog to sit nicely and welcome visitors.”
By framing your training goals in positive terms, you’ll know exactly what is you are aiming for. That’s a great way to start your training journey.
Reward Your Dog
One of the best things to happen in housetraining puppy over the last few years is a move in focus from highlighting corrective action, or penalizing mistakes, to rewarding obedience and favorable actions.
Most trainer now favor the practice of rewarding a well behaved dog especially for potty train puppies. A fundamental reason for using rewards is that when you punish your dog, for whatever reason, the results may be irreversible. Some dogs – not all, but it can happen – could possibly react to punishment by withdrawing and becoming frightened of you. Other dogs shut down. They lose their sparkle. Some may even appear completely broken spirited.
The good thing about reward based training is that it also makes you feel good as the trainer. Heaping praise and treats on your dog gives a powerful sense of achievement.
And best of all, reward-based training really works. That’s because rewards help to nurture and strengthen behaviors we want in our dogs. If a behavior is rewarding, your pet will want to repeat he behavior as often as possible. With regular practice of the best way to use this technique, you can use rewards to reach virtually any training goal.