Training your dog is vital for teaching good behaviors and habits while helping keep your dog out of danger. While some dog owners choose to train their pups at home, others find it easier and more worthwhile to take their dog to an obedience class. If you live in the Medford area and you’ve recently adopted a pup that needs some training, or you’re interested in teaching your old dog some new tricks, the experts at ACDT are here to help! Our professionals will teach you how to train a dog by providing you with the necessary techniques and tools you need to form a bond with your pup. We offer a variety of different dog training levels, so you’re sure to find a class that will fit your needs. Browse our website to learn more, and contact ACDT to sign up today!
If you’ve decided to enroll your pup in a dog obedience class, you should keep in mind that training doesn’t stop once you get home. In order to solidify the skills that you learn in the class, it’s important that you continue training and practicing at home. In the first part of this two-part series, we will provide you with a few tips that will help you continue training from the comfort of your own house.
Reward Good Behavior
Your first instinct when you catch your dog doing something bad is to scold them and hope that they learned their lesson, and that they won’t repeat the same behavior. However, scolding doesn’t always do the trick. Dogs respond better to positive reinforcement, meaning that instead of yelling when your pup does something bad, it’s better to reward them when they do something good. For example, if you’re in the kitchen making dinner and your pup wanders in, sniffs to see what you’re making, and then walks away without begging for food or jumping up to steal a nibble, then you should reward the behavior. By praising your dog for ignoring the food that’s on the counter, they will be more likely to ignore it in the future if it means delicious treats or praise from their loving owner.
Use Consistent Behavior
One of the hardest parts of training is dealing with the repercussions when certain rules or commands aren’t enforced by everyone. It’s easier to stick to the rules when you’re the only one in the home, but if you live with multiple people, it’s important that you are all on the same page. A great example of this is letting the dog on the furniture. Some people love snuggling with their favorite fluffball when they’re watching TV at night, but others try to keep their pets off of the furniture to avoid as much wear and tear as possible, or to avoid shedding. The first thing you need to do is decide which type of pet parent you want to be. Decide if your pup is or is not allowed on the furniture and stick to your decision and encourage your family, spouse, or children to respect the rule and enforce it at all times.
Learn More Tips and Tricks at ACDT!
At ACDT, our professional dog trainers can provide you with all of the tips, tricks, and techniques you need to transform your dog into a well-behaved and faithful companion. If you’re ready to get started, browse our dog obedience classes and give us a call to sign up. In the meantime, keep an eye out for part two of this series for even more tips for training at home.
We look forward to seeing you and your dog soon!