Dog Training Tips And Aids
To Make Your Work A Little Easier

Some heavy tonnage hurtling
the agility course as this
mighty Bulldog clears the bars!
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How To Train Dogs With the Least Effort.

Dog training tips can make it quicker and easier to get your message across to your dog. When training a dog, you need all the help and ideas you can muster.

Dog training aids are used for agility training and items such as a slip collar, aka “choke collar” or a head collar or head halter as some are known. There are leads that you can “snap” to make corrections with and we must include the CLICKER in the dog training aids category!

If you have an unruly or difficult dog, other than Clicker Training, one of the best dog training tips I can offer is to look seriously into The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. His books and DVD's are listed in our Dog Book and DVD Isle. Click on Cesar Millan Books or DVD's.

The Dog Whisperer is not a trainer, but ho teaches how to COMMUNICATE with your dog which is vital in calming him down so he can learn.

If you're not familiar with clicker dog training, you might like to read a little about the popular new-millennium method before going any farther.

Dog training aids include electronic dog collars that are activated by remote control. This allows the trainer to control the dog from a distance. They would use these in training rescue and police dogs, but not for our purpose with household pets.

The remote controls activate “shock” collars which give the dog a mild shock sensation to get his attention. The use of shock collars has been debated for a long time and is often frowned upon as inhumane.

There are whole online catalogs of dog training aids depending on how far you intend to go with your dog training.

Dog training aids also include a variety of electronic shock collars as mentioned and underground “invisible” fences that also act as shock devices to keep your dog from roaming past her boundaries. We do not believe in shocking dogs. There are other ways of accomplishing the same goal without electronic shocking.

Dog Training Tips

You will have excellent results by understanding the basic dog training tips listed below. They are tried and I know they work. Do your best to stay relaxed and keep the sessions fun and exciting, not loud and boisterous. Just calm, specific commands and directions work best.

The key to dog training is PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE and REPETITIVENESS.

You need to have patience and to repeat the maneuver over and over and persist with the same training day after day until your dog “gets it.” Some dog training tips to help you:

  • Always stay focused on the dog.

  • Ten 3 minute training sessions are better than 1 thirty minute session. The attention span of a dog is short.

  • Dogs can’t be trained in a day. Give them several weeks to months, depending on the command.

  • Dogs learn quickest where there are no distractions.

  • Don’t repeat a command. Repeating teaches the dog he can wait for the second command before responding.

  • Always end a session on a happy note. Have your dog do something you know he can do well and then praise and reward him well.

  • Stop training immediately if you feel yourself getting frustrated or angry. Your feelings will spill over to the dog.

  • Always be FAIR when correcting your dog. Make sure he understands what it is you want him to do before you correct him. The punishment should fit the crime. Do NOT take out anger or frustration on the dog.

  • Before giving a “leash-jerk,” correction, ask yourself if you are being too harsh. Maybe if you just stop and start over you will accomplish more, and this time you can give praise.

  • Only teach ONE command at a time.

  • Learn that one command thoroughly before moving on to the next one.

  • Proper use of a CLICKER can be your best training tool.

  • Always train on a long line or leash. If for some reason the dog ignores you, give a quick “snap” or tug on the leash to get his attention and let him know you are still the boss.

  • Never give a dog a chance to ignore your command.

  • Here's a very important dog training tip: Well timed and appropriate praise is important to a dog’s learning. If all you ever do is say “NO” to your dog, he’s not going to learn much. Dogs understand short, quick sounds, more like “ACK.” Or, “Uh Uh”

  • Dog training tip: Praise is free. Use lots of it! Use it in conjunction with rubbing the back of the dog’s ears, neck, muzzle and back. He’ll like that and get the message. Use praise if all the dog does is pay attention to you. That’s the first step in training. Let your dog know when you are pleased with him.

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  • Show your dog the things he needs to learn with love and respect and he will return the same. Training sessions should be short and fun. Five to ten minutes twice daily, 15 minutes tops, twice daily depending on the dog and what you are teaching. Training time should be a happy occasion for you and the dog.

  • All dog commands should be one or two words long. Dogs are used to sharp, short sounds such as the “bark.” Don’t say “I think it is time for you to sit now.” the command is “SIT.” Two words would be “Drop it!” Period.

  • Don’t expect too much from your dog. Remember, he doesn’t communicate in humans language. This is all new to him.

  • For the dog to learn what he is supposed to learn, he must first learn a command well in a secluded area. Then he must learn the command where there are multiple distractions, different environments, different circumstances. This is true for all commands.

  • Always keep your dog under physical control (leash) until he is thoroughly trained so he can't go galloping off into the street after a rabbit.

    Training Dogs To Pee and Poop On Command

    Dogs have three basic defense mechanisms:

    1. Fight. Dogs will make a lot of noise (growling or barking) and scary visual displays to scare off impending threats from coming closer.

    2. Flight. Running away is the safest form of defense as long as the dog isn’t tethered to a tree or his owner by a leash or rope and has somewhere to run.

    3. Freeze. Staying still and hoping the threat will go away is a strategy that sometimes works. However, dogs in the freeze position will always be willing to use either of the other routes if this one fails.

    Dog training tip: To successfully carry off any dog training session, you must first establish yourself as pack leader or "alpha dog." The dog must respect you and take a submissive role. T If your dog gets the upper hand by thinking he’s the pack leader, you will have problems.

    Okay, you’re back. Hope that article helped.

    You can’t expect your new dog to know what you want and don’t want him to do. That’s why basic dog training and dog commands are so important.

    Dogs learn by repeating the same motion or movement over and over until they “connect” the sound of the command with the action they are asked to take.

    NEVER scold a dog for doing the wrong thing. That’s called “negative reinforcement.” What you are doing is giving the dog ATTENTION for doing something wrong. The dog is thinking, “OK, so if I pee on this carpet I get yelled at and that’s pretty good attention. Noisy, but it’s still “attention.” I think I’ll do that again.”>

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