What is dog obedience training? Well, this is when you are teaching your dog which behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not. You are going to do this by rewarding his positive behaviors with positive reinforcement. If you have ever had a child, especially a 2 year old, then you will understand the concept here. You are going to be teaching a little dog that is just like a child, what he can and can not do.
Before you start into your dog obedience training, you need to be pretty confident of the basics. When you have the basic techniques down, you are pretty much ready to go. You need to also remember that the largest factor in training, is to have effective communication with your dog. So, now lets get on with the basics.
The first step will be to understand that your dog can read your body language and understands the tone of your voice. They do not understand the verbal instruction, so in order to communicate, it is best to use single words in a forceful and consistent manner. If your dog chews up your slippers, giving him a long lecture or even pointing to the slipper and yelling will not teach him that that he has done is wrong. Dogs do not understand when you communicate this way. But, a quick 'NO'is understood.
Once you build this type of communication with your dog, you need to be consistent. Remember, they understand your body language and your tone of voice, so make sure you are consistent with this when reinforcing good behavior. If you are only training your dog to come when he has misbehaved, then you are reinforcing that …. he will think every time you want him to come to you, he is being punished. It is always better to reward their positive behavior than reinforcing their negative behavior. They need to know that you want them because you love them.
Hand signs play a big role in dog obedience training. If you have watched well trained dogs on television, you will see that they are typically responding to hand signals by their owners. In order to use hand signals, you will have to keep your dog's attention. When you begin to train with hand signals, make sure your surroundings are free of distractions.
Always keep the dog obedience training fun and positive. If it becomes a chore for you or your dog, you will not make any progress. This is something that is done with love, patience and a sense of positive fun. When you approach it with this type of attitude, you will have a great time and great success.