A happy dog is a dog that knows what is expected of him.  Below are some quick references for training your dog to help bridge the communication gap.

  1. The number one essential is to ignore bad behaviour and reward good behaviour
  2. Negative reinforcement rarely works in the long run and will damage the trust between you and your dog
  3. Catch your dog doing something you want to reinforce and praise him.
  4. When practicing re-call, if Rover is failing, never punish him when you get a hold of him or when he comes back, or he will never want to come back when called.
  5. End your training before your dog gets tired and distracted. Always end on a high note.
  6. If you or your dog is not feeling well or in a bad mood, don’t force yourself to have a training session. Skip the training until you are both ready for a positive experience.
  7. Avoid situations and environments that will set your dog up for failure. (e.g – if you don’t want your dog to chew your shoes….. put them away!)
  8. Constantly calling your dogs name will eventually lose the desired effect. Only call your dog’s name when you need to and make sure it is associated with something positive.
  9. All dogs value something important such as food, attention, balls, playtime, car rides, or walk. Use these resources as training opportunities.
  10. Make your dog work for all his resources. Nothing is free.
  11. Be consistent. Don’t change the rules on your dog.
  12. Make sure all family members use the same techniques with your dog or he will be confused about what is expected of him.
  13. Make sure you reward your dog at the right times otherwise you might inadvertently be reinforcing the wrong behaviour.
  14. Allow your dog to take breaks between training sessions.  Each session should only be 10-15 minutes.
  15. Always make sure your dog has a good nutritious diet and enough exercise for their breed type to ensure their basic needs are met.