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12 General Rules for Training Dogs12 General Rules for Training Dogs

Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog, so keep preliminary training sessions short, on the order of 5 to 10 minutes, to maintain your dogs motivation, and always end the session on a positive note.

Canine food trainingCanine food training

Dusty sat and waited by the door; after a word of praise, Mary opened the door and the pup streaked through. In this simple progression, Dusty received a reward for good behavior. She sat and the door opened. The praise meant nothing at this point in her training; instead it was the reward that helped her associate sitting by the door with the freedom to run in the yard.

Dog trainingDog training

There are as many different training methods in the world as their are handlers (or dogs). This is fine, because each dog is an individual, and you can't teach them all by using the same methods. Also note that I am no professional trainer: I just do this for fun. The methods I have described here have worked for the dogs that I have worked with, but there haven't been that many of them. Anyway, I am a strong believer in the 'soft' method of dog training, and I believe that it is important that both you and your dog are having fun when you are doing this.

How to Teach Your Dog to How to Teach Your Dog to "Sit"

The sit exercise is probably the most practical skill you can teach your dog. Whether youre waiting at the curb of a crowded street or competing in an obedience trial, youll thank yourself (and your dog) for taking the time to master this exercise.

Puppy house trainingPuppy house training

Puppies have a strong natural instinct to avoid soiling their own area. If you are consistent and patient, this natural urge for cleanliness makes house training fairly easy. You can begin training any time after five weeks of age. A little extra effort and patience in puppyhood will make the difference later on between a happy, cooperative pet and one that causes problems for you.

Training a Dog to Come on CommandTraining a Dog to Come on Command

This is easiest with a puppy who does not have a lot of bad habits yet, but with patience and persistence can be used with nearly any adult dog as well. Thephilosophy behind this method is fairly basic. Any dog will be attracted to the appropriate treat, and repelled by a threat.

Training CollarsTraining Collars

There are two main types of head halters available for dogs. One is the Halti, one is the Gentle Leader. Of the two, the Gentle Leader is better, in both design and control. A much simpler design, the GL sits behind the dog's ears and around the muzzle, two nylon straps, connected underneath the chin. This is NOT a muzzle. The GL controls the dog by effectively controlling his nose. Where the nose goes, the dog is sure to follow.

Training Your New Puppy or DogTraining Your New Puppy or Dog

It is important to start training your new puppy as soon as you bring it home. Training can be done yourself or a professional can be hired. Local dog training classes are often available. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a trainer or look in your local newspaper for a trainer in your area.

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