1. Tire your dog out before a training session- this satisfies their physical or body needs!
2. When training with treats, cut your dogs food down. This not only makes them work harder for the treats but it controls the weight problems that some dogs may encounter!
3. Change your body positioning when using commands. For example if your dog nails Sit- while you are standing up. Try the sit when you are sitting down in a chair. Its a completely different concept to most dogs.
4. WAIT YOUR DOG OUT! One of the most important things to realize when you are training your dog commands is to not over use the word that you associate with the action. for example- Rover sit..... sit.... sit... sit.. Rover SIT!..
What you are actually doing is conditioning the dog to think- I know that shes going to say it at least three more times before I actually Have to sit.
So wait your dog out- Most of them if they have not been trained by you by day one are going to try to test your limits. Eventually they are going to realize that in order to get what they want (i.e. treat, toy, moving forward on a walk) They are going to have to do what you asked of them.
5. Keep training sessions brief when doing it at home. 3-4 sessions a day 5-15 minutes tops. You want to end the sessions on positive notes so stay in tune with your dogs body language. You will see a point in which you are going to "lose their focus". End it right before you get there and...
6. ALWAYS end sessions on a positive note!
7. If you get stuck.. give us a call!
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