Training your dog at home or with help from the professionals at a dog obedience class is a great way to bond with your pup while also teaching them commands that will help them become a well-behaved member of the family. That being said, if you choose to enroll your dog in an obedience course, the training doesn’t stop when the class ends. In order to ensure that your dog learns the commands, you will need to practice at home. In part one of our two-part series, we discussed a few tips that will help you encourage training at home. As we continue with part two, we will give you a few more tips that you should keep in mind.

At ACDT in Medford, we offer professional dog training that will provide you with the tips and techniques that you need to help your pup learn each command. Whether you have a new puppy that you want to start training right away or you have an older dog that could use a refresher, we offer a variety of dog obedience classes to fit your needs. Browse our website to learn more about our services and give us a call today!

Stay Positive

It’s easy to become frustrated with your pup, especially if they refuse to follow a command at home that they understood in the obedience class. There is most likely a reason that your pup is not responding; maybe they are tired or bored of doing the same trick over and over again. Regardless of the reason, it’s a good idea to try and keep calm and stay positive. Instead of getting angry with your dog, take a break and come back to the command at a later time. Dogs are very in tune with our emotions, so if you start getting angry or frustrated, your dog will sense it and it could affect how they respond to that particular command.

Praise Your Dog When They Come To You

All dog owners want the dog that runs to them when they hear their name, so why would you be upset if your dog comes when they aren’t called? All too often, dog owners are upset about the fact that their pooch doesn’t come when they are called. If you want to do everything that you can to avoid this scenario, try praising your dog when they come to you without being called. By reinforcing their behavior, they will learn that when you do call their name, they can expect happy faces and a lot of affection if they respond.

Have Realistic Expectations

One of the most frustrating things about training is not seeing results. It’s important to remember that training takes time and a lot of patience. You can’t expect to wake up one morning with a puppy who suddenly walks perfectly on the leash, a formerly aggressive dog who is suddenly an angel, and your favorite begging-for-food furball who has stopped stealing scraps from the table. Unfortunately, it will take some time for all of that to happen, so the best thing that you can do is set realistic expectations.

At ACDT, our goal is to give you the tools and techniques you need to learn how to train a dog. Through our dog obedience classes, you will bond with your pup and they will learn to respect you. We offer a variety of obedience classes, ranging from puppy obedience to advanced obedience training. To learn more, contact ACDT in Medford and sign up for one of our classes today!

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