Basic Dog Obedience Training
The most important things in dog obedience training are being consistent, keeping dog’s attention and making training fun for your dog.
Consistency in dog training
To get the respect of your dog you must be consistent. You should make a set of do’s and don’ts for your dog. Follow these guidelines to the letter, if a dog does something desirable always reward it, if a dog does something bad punish him or her appropriately. In dogs world consistency is a sign of a leader. You will make your training my easier and effective by being a leader who the dog respects and follows.
Keeping dogs attention
Majority of your dogs training will be getting his or hers attention and keeping it on yourself. If your dog cannot give you the attention, it will not listen to you, and thus making the training pointless. Here's a technique on how to get and keep your dog’s attention with few very simple exercises. First, get the dogs attention, most dogs will respond to their name, so call them and when they look at you tell them “watch”. After doing it few times the dog will associate the command with looking at you. After you have perfected the “watch” command, start doing exercises aimed at expanding your dog’s attention time. A good technique is to hold a treat with your teeth and while standing in front of your dog give it a watch command. Stand in position for a few seconds keeping dogs attention, then praise him/her. Repeat the exercise until your dog can keep his attention on you for about a minute. The more attention your dog can give you the better student it will be.
Making it fun for the dog
A vital part of dog training is the understanding of how a dog thinks. Dogs, like small children, have a very short attention span. Most dogs can be focused on training for about ten to twenty minutes, after that time they will start loosing focus and will require a small break. A good idea is to make regular training sessions of 20-30 minutes per day. Another important thing is to make the training fun for the dog. Make the dog look forward to the training time instead of dreading it. To achieve this you should always make their effort worthwhile. After every successful command make sure to give them a treat or praise them with very excited voice. The more willing the dog is to train the more effective the training will be!
You should use these exercises in your training sessions and soon you will be ready to proceed to much more complex obedience training exercises. You and your dog will both enjoy the time spent together, he/she will respect you and other people will appreciate your dog’s great behavior after you are done! Remember, Consistency, Focus and Fun!