General Dog Training Advice

  1. Conduct short, efficient, business-like training sessions, twice a day, if possible.

  2. Before dog training sessions begin, allow your dog ample opportunity to relieve himself.

  3. Each lesson will begin with a review of the previous lessons. This will set the mood for this day’s session as this gives the dog trainer the opportunity to praise the dog for performing the correct activity.

  4. All commands must be given in a clear and concise manner. There is need for firmness from the dog trainer.

  5. Impatience on the part of the dog trainer is never a part of training. The dog trainer must never get angry at the dog.

  6. Each dog training session must improve upon the previous session. If a lesson is not going well, and both the trainer and the dog are becoming stressed, switch to a review lesson so that the trainer has the opportunity to praise the dog for performing well. Then continue with training of the new activity.

  7. When training the dog in a new activity always end the training session on a positive note. Even if the dog has not mastered all of the activity perfectly, end with praise. You will build upon today's lesson tomorrow.

  8. Conduct all new training activities where there are minimal distractions. This helps the dog to focus on the trainer and the lesson that is being taught.

  9. As the dog continues to gain strength in obedience then that is the time that the dog trainer will search out distractions in order to "proof" the dog.

  10. Never let your trained dog get away with a mistake. The dog must always complete to the fullest extent the command that you have given. If you allow the dog to get away with a mistake, the dog will feel that he can do it again, making it more difficult the next time. The goal of dog training is to ensure that the dog always completes the training command that you have given.