Monday, May 17, 2010

Dog Training Tips- Tip 1 Their Name

Dog training can be one or two things. It can be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog or it can be a terrible experience for both of you. I have researched some basic dog training techniques that will be helpful for you as you train your dog.

First remember that on average a dogs life will likely last 10-15 years on average. Make sure you are willing to be committed to your dog for that amount of time. If your not ready for that kind of long term responsibility do yourself a favor and don't get a dog.

One of the first things your going to teach your dog is their name. Training your dog their name is easy but there are still a few pointers I would do to make this dog training tip quicker and easier.

Start off by using positive reinforcement with some treats. Get your dogs attention and when they are looking at you say their name and say "yes" and give them the treat immediately. Do this for a few minutes at a time throughout the day.

After doing the first step for a day or two start saying your dogs name when they are not paying attention to you. As soon as your dog looks at you say "yes" and give her/him the treat. Do this at different times throughout the day. If your dog does not look at you when you say their name try putting them on a leash and gently pulling their head in your direction. When you have eye contact say "yes" and give them the treat.

By following these easy steps your dog should learn their name in no time. Just remember don't use their name when punishing them. Dog training is about patience. Your dog will react negatively to negative energy that you give off. Take your time and you will be much happier and so will your dog.