Who says kids can’t handle dog training?
But before you even begin dog training, you must show your dog that you are the alpha – the leader of the pack.
If your dog doesn’t understand this – then he won’t respect or listen to you.
So here are 5 steps in dog training just for kids:
1) Dominate your puppy or dog
All you have to do is get down on your hands and knees and kneel over your dog.
Once your dog turns his head sideways or stops struggling to get free, you’ve shown him that you’re the dominant one.
It may take a few times until he submits. It took my dog Blaze about 5 times before he finally let me be the dominant one.
2) Use Hand signals when dog training
For example, my hand signal for Blaze to sit is crossing my right arm over my left shoulder – kind of like a “V”.
My dad taught me this lesson. Because I’m younger (and a girl!), I don’t have a deep voice. Dogs respond better to deep, authoritative voices.
So when I’m dog training, I use hand signals as well as voice commands. This way it doesn’t matter if my voice is higher pitch.
3) Spend no more that 15 minutes a day dog training
Dogs are super smart. You only need to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day training your dog. Even less time for puppies. You don’t want your dog to get bored or frustrated in his dog training.
4) Say a Dog Training Command ONLY 1 TIME
Did you know that dogs remember any command you make for up to 2 minutes? So during your dog training sessions, be sure your dog is paying attention to you and only say a command one time. And be sure to make the hand signal at the same time.
5) Give your dog lots of praise!
Dogs learn best with lots of praise and petting. Of course a treat will make him happy too!
Dog training for kids is a lot of fun. Especially if you follow these 5 dog training tips!