dog training; the 10 Best Dog Training Tips in a row! Do you want to see results quickly and easily together with your dog?
Do you like a cheerful dog who listens well? Then read on quickly!
The only mistake you can make in dog training is not training.
Simply stock up on rewards in convenient portions and have super fun toys within easy reach at any time.
That makes the threshold start lower than when you first have to look at everything together.
Tip 1: Provide motivation
What does your dog want to work for? Reward-oriented training makes dog training more fun, more effective, faster, and easier! But, what is a good reward for your dog during training? It all depends on your dog of course! And, unfortunately, you don’t have much to say about that.
While your neighbor’s dog may do anything for a piece of cucumber or his own kibble, it may just be that your dog doesn’t like it at all. Then you cannot use that as a reward during training.
Maybe your dog likes to work for cooked chicken? Or is he more of a toy fan and a ball is a better option?
So get to know your dog’s preferences first!
Tip 2: Use a reward signal
Clear communication with your dog is super important! With a clear reward signal you can tell your dog exactly when he is doing well.
Dogs can’t read minds and if your dog doesn’t know what you want, it becomes very difficult for him to listen. He will then probably gamble and sometimes he gambles well, other times not. The problem with that is that you may think he knows what you mean because he made a “correct guess” and you get angry or frustrated when your dog doesn’t get it right because “he just did it right.”
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With a clear, short reward signal that you learn to use properly, dog training really does become that much easier, both for you and for your dog.
Tip 3: Dog training, play with it
Playing strengthens your bond with your dog and makes training with your dog more fun. As a result, your dog learns faster and better.
Running, frolicking, throwing a ball, a sniff game, tag, a tug game… every dog likes some form of play. My preference: a little training, for example, doing the basic exercises (attention, hand touch, name game) for 10 minutes and then there is a playing moment. After playing I will teach a new exercise and then play again.
The secret to successful dog training is having fun playing with your dog!
Tip 4: The basics of dog training: the beginning
Without a good foundation, nothing will really work. A base that you can always fall back on is really indispensable in training with your dog. This foundation is also the foundation of the relationship with your dog. If you start with the basic exercises, your dog has an easier chance of success.
The more success you have, the more you can reward your dog. The more you reward, the better the motivation. Better motivation leads to better learning. Even if your dog is more advanced in the training, repeating the basics is not an unnecessary luxury.
And no, the basics do not just sit, down, next to, stay. The basics are fun, varied, active; super fun, easy exercises such as attention, hand touch, and name game!
Tip 5: First think, then act
First, think about what you want to teach your dog. What are the parts of the exercise? What foundation does your dog need to learn this? How do you start? When do you reward and how do you reward? What do you reward?
There may be dozens of steps between the start and the end goal. These are all small victories that allow you to monitor the progress of your training.
At the beginning of the week, stick 3 notes on your fridge, with 3 exercises you want to do with your dog in that week. Think, do, think of what could be done better or differently, and repeat, repeat, repeat!
Tip 6: When are you going to train with your dog?
Make a plan: when will you train and what will you train? It really doesn’t have to be a complicated professional training plan. For example, you may decide that you want to work on the ‘lying down’ exercise with your dog today. Then if you decide that you’re going to do this while cooking and during the commercial breaks of the movie that’s on TV tonight, you’re more likely to actually do it than if you think ‘I want my dog to lie down soon’ to learn’.
Tell us in the comments, what is your dog’s favorite exercise?
Tip 7: Provide a variety
Doing the same thing over and over is just boring. If you repeat the same exercises every day, most dogs will quickly lose motivation. The same goes for most owners. And a lot of dog training is just… boring! That’s a shame because it doesn’t have to be boring to train with your dog!
You have countless variations of each exercise, even with a simple sit you can make 20 different exercises. Think of doing the exercise in all the different rooms in your house, asking the exercise when you’re standing on a chair or household ladder.
Or just give the command while lying flat on the couch. Your dog can be in front of you, next to you, or behind you when you do.
Then reward with a treat, then with a game, then with a different treat and another time with a different kind of game.
Tip 8: Head, nose, body = the best dog training
My ideal training session within dog training consists of challenging the brain (so making the dog think), searching exercises, so using the nose and doing something physical, such as balance exercises, agility or body awareness.
I call that three-course menu training. This also prevents it from getting boring. Your dog will also be happy if each training requires something different from him than just obeying.
Examples of the three-course menu training can be;
- Appetizer: follow left and right (thinking)
- Main course: a search exercise in the attic for a source of smell, hidden in a high hiding place, so difficult (nose)
- Dessert: balance exercise, walking on a ladder (body)
- Appetizer: front legs on a stool, 10 push-ups of bend/stand, hind legs on a stool and 10 push-ups of sit/stand (body)
- Main course: exercise to your place, at a distance of 15 meters, in combination with coming here (thinking)
- Dessert: looking for sweets in a sniffing mat (nose)
Tip 9: KISS (Keep It Short & Simple)
Keep It Short & Simple (KISS): keep it short and simple. Set your dog up for success. If the exercise is too difficult and does not work, you have nothing to reward, your dog will then drop out and the fun is over.
So always start at a level that you are sure will succeed, so that you can reward in quick succession at the beginning of the training.
Your dog will feel happy and so will you. Then you raise the bar step by step!
In terms of time, it is also easier to train for 2 minutes 10 times a day than to set aside an hour every day. The beautiful dog training moments can be;
- In the morning during or after the first exhaust round
- Afternoon, when you’re waiting for the coffee to be ready
- While cooking
- For the evening walk
- Take advantage of the commercial breaks on TV; a great length for a training session!
Tip 10: Make it a party!
Is something not working? Did you make a mistake? That is possible and allowed. Play with your dog or go for a walk, do something fun and then think about how you can do something that didn’t go well.
Why did something not work? Because maybe you don’t quite master the basics yet? Or did you take too big steps in learning the exercise? In that case, think about how you can make the steps a little smaller. Did you bring some less interesting rewards with you, making your dog less motivated? Then give it another try with other rewards! Was your dog distracted by something in the environment? Then try this exercise in a different place.