How To Train Your Dog

Join Our “How To Train Your Dog” Class: A Comprehensive Class to Effective Dog Training

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Dog training can be both challenging and rewarding. Our upcoming training class, “How To Train Your Dog,” will equip you with the knowledge and tools to address common behavioral issues and foster a stronger bond with your furry friend. Here are some essential tips we’ll cover during the class, each aimed at creating a positive and effective training environment.

1. Recall: Avoiding Negative Associations

When calling your dog, it’s vital to maintain a positive environment to avoid “poisoning” your recall cue.

  • Maintain Positivity: Always greet your dog with enthusiasm and encouragement.
  • Avoid Punishment: Never use recall commands as a form of punishment.
  • Differentiate Commands: Use distinct cues for different activities to prevent negative associations with the recall cue.

Adhering to these principles can help you promote a trusting relationship with your dog, enhancing communication and understanding.

2. Don’t Reward Fear

When your dog shows fear, comforting them with phrases like “You’re okay” can reinforce their fearful behavior.

  • Misinterpretation: Dogs might see your reassurance as encouragement for their fear.
  • Unintended Reinforcement: Reassuring a scared dog can create a feedback loop, reinforcing their fear.

Instead, redirect your dog’s attention to positive experiences or provide calming cues through body language.

3. Don’t Pet Your Dog When They Jump

Petting your dog when they jump can reinforce this undesirable behavior.

  • Reinforcement: Dogs see attention as a reward, so petting while jumping encourages them to continue.
  • Miscommunication: Your dog might think jumping is acceptable if you give them attention.

To discourage jumping, withhold attention and redirect their focus to calm behaviors like sitting.

4. Using Release Cues to Replace “Stay” 

A release cue can enhance your dog’s behavior near doors and other scenarios.

  • Scenario Clarification: Commands like “Sit, Stay” might lead to confusion if others don’t follow through.
  • Introduction of “Free”: A release cue like “Sit, Free!” provides explicit instructions, empowering your dog to understand they need permission to proceed.

This method helps reinforce boundaries and positive behaviors, ensuring consistent behavior regardless of the situation.

5. Understanding the Importance of Treat Value

The value of treats is crucial in motivating and reinforcing desired behaviors.

  • Low Value: Crunchy kibble or dry milk bones for simple tasks.
  • Medium Value: Small, soft training treats for moderate tasks.
  • High Value: Freeze-dried chicken or cheese for complex tasks.

6. Leash Manners

Aligning treat value with task difficulty maximizes your dog’s engagement and responsiveness during training sessions.

Starting loose-leash walking training from puppyhood can prevent the development of ingrained habits.

  • Consistent Practice: Regular practice is essential, starting at home before venturing outside.
  • Understanding Learning Patterns: Dogs learn through experience, not deliberate instruction.

You can approach training patiently and consistently to undo reinforced behaviors and achieve desired results.

7. Replacing “No” with “Leave It”

“Leave it” is a more effective command than “No” and should be taught explicitly.

  • Establishing Meaning: Ensure “Leave it” has a clear and permanent significance.
  • Avoid Confusion: Do not use “Leave it” for items your dog can have, like toys or food.

You establish clear boundaries and promote desirable behaviors by consistently reinforcing this command.

8. Check-Ins

Check-ins, when your dog glances back at you, are pivotal in shaping behavior.

  • Voluntary Attention: Check-ins show your dog’s willingness to cooperate and understand your cues.
  • Behavior Correction Opportunity: Use redirection commands like “Leave it” or “Let’s go” during check-ins.

Acknowledging and rewarding check-ins fosters a stronger bond and effective communication with your dog.

9. Getting Your Dog to Work for You

Encouraging dogs to think for themselves fosters independence and responsible decision-making.

  • Encouraging Cognitive Engagement: Allow dogs time to process and respond independently.
  • Empowering Through Positive Reinforcement: Reward desired behaviors and redirect unwanted ones.

This approach empowers your dog to make informed decisions, bolstering their confidence and communication.

10. Resource Guarding

Managing resource guarding requires careful strategies to address effectively.

  • Avoid Punishing Growling: Growling is a communication tool, not an act of defiance.
  • Proactive Preventive Measures: Establish positive associations by gradually desensitizing dogs to human presence near their possessions.

Respecting canine communication signals and avoiding provocative actions can mitigate resource-guarding behaviors.

About the Class

Our four-week class, “How To Train Your Dog,” will help you address and build on challenging behaviors each week. You will learn to:

  •  Speak to dogs and understand their needs
  •  Perform consistently and reliably
  •  Master loose leash walking and stop jumping
  •  Achieve consistent recall
  •  Help your dog self-soothe in new environments

Upon completion, participants will receive a free treat pouch, homework with step-by-step guides, and a certificate. Join us to enhance your bond with your dog and ensure positive training outcomes.

Call to Register: 817-498-6410 

Embark on this training adventure with us, and witness the transformation in your dog’s behavior and your relationship!

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