Preparing To Teach You Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog to​ do tricks is​ not just fun for you​ both it​ also helps stop a​ lot of​ problems some dogs have with destructive tendencies,​ many dogs and some breeds more than others get board and this boredom can lead to​ destructive behaviour,​ but if​ you​ keep your dogs mind active and busy then the​ boardum is​ not an​ issue and so the​ destructive behaviour is​ less lightly.

When teaching a​ dog tricks things to​ think about are,​ how are you​ going to​ reward your dog,​ where to​ train and for how long to​ make the​ training sessions.

Rewards basically split in​ to​ two categories,​ food or​ praise I believe a​ combination of​ the​ two is​ the​ best way to​ go and so I ensure I have a​ good supply of​ small healthy treats for the​ dog.

I tend to​ use either homemade liver cake or​ dry dog food. if​ your dog has dietary issues then consult your vet before you​ start giving him extra treats. if​ I am going to​ use dry food with a​ dog that has weight issues I tend to​ measure out his food for the​ day and then remove a​ small amount from his 2 meals to​ give me enough treats for the​ training sessions,​ so instead of​ having two meals a​ day he is​ essentially having three meals a​ day but the​ same amount of​ food in​ total.

Praising the​ dog is​ very important,​ your dog wants to​ make you​ happy,​ you​ are the​ leader of​ his pack and he looks to​ you​ for food,​ warmth and approval. When your dog gets part of​ the​ trick right make a​ fuss of​ him,​ this is​ a​ good reason for doing your training is​ a​ quiet place. the​ fuss should be over the​ top,​ put on​ an​ excited happy voice and get down on​ your dogs level pat,​ stroke and rub your dog,​ do not get your dog over excited as​ you​ want him to​ remain focused on​ the​ trick you​ have just taught him and too much fuss will distract him and make him forget what made you​ happy.

Where to​ teach your dog his tricks is​ very important too,​ you​ must find somewhere quiet so your dog does not get distracted,​ noise,​ smells and people or​ other dogs are all very interesting to​ your dog so when choosing a​ place to​ train think about these potential distractions. you​ must also have enough room to​ train your dog,​ think about the​ trick you​ are teaching,​ if​ it​ involves sitting still and not moving around then you​ might consider using your front room as​ a​ training venue,​ if​ you​ are teaching fetch or​ some other trick that involves your dog moving around a​ lot then a​ park might be a​ better venue.

Length of​ the​ training sessions,​ if​ they are too long your dog will get board and your efforts will be wasted,​ if​ they are too short then you​ are not giving your dog the​ chance to​ learn the​ trick before you​ stop the​ training. There is​ no correct time limit on​ the​ length of​ a​ training session,​ it​ depends on​ your dog and what the​ trick is,​ but a​ good guideline is​ 10 - 15 minutes and I would tend to​ do 3 or​ 4 of​ these a​ day,​ repetition is​ the​ key to​ good dog training so keep teaching the​ trick even after it​ looks like your dog has it​ memorised.

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