General dog training tips:
- Make sure you have suitable rewards. Test which treats are your dog’s favourite and have plenty to hand. A good quality food pouch is a good investment!
- Start off with minimal distractions. You can (and should) introduce them gradually later.
- Have your dog on a lead if appropriate for the dog’s stage of training and the skill being taught.
- Be excited about training and your dog will enjoy it. Make it a fun game for your dog.
- Reward small successes at first and then get more specific about rewarding the desired behaviour as you progress.
- At first you can condition your dog to associate a “bridge” (like the word “yes!”) with a food reward. As you progress, you’ll use the food less often and the dog will know s/he has done the right thing when you use the bridge.
- Don’t be afraid to give gentle corrections if required
- Don’t try to go on for too long, especially with young pups. Frequent short training sessions are much better than occasional long ones
- End on a positive
You can contact our dog trainer, Sidney Aarons, at his Dog Training web site