Dog Training Secret
In this Article, I’m going to teach you
5 Dog Training Secrets Your Dog Trainer Isn’t Telling you
I decided to make this Dog Training Secret article, because someone needs to be perfectly transparent with all the dog lovers out there, for the benefit of your pack, as well as the connection between you.
Many dog trainers take your dog elsewhere for training, or do so with you present but don’t explain what they’re doing or how their getting results, keeping their dog training secret to themselves. It’s great that your dog comes back being able to sit and stay etc, but that doesn’t stop the pre-existing unhealthy and or unwanted behaviors.
I hope this article helps answer some questions you may have. So, let’s begin.
- Black Text = Included in the video
- Green Text = Bonus Tips & Content
- Red Text = Warning or Important Notice
Dog Training Secret #1 | Consistency Is Key
Any new behavior you want to train them to do, like SIT, PLACE, HERE, etc, as well as any unwanted behaviors you want to stop, like biting, Barking, pulling or jumping, will be obtained more quickly and easily if you reward the new behavior every time your dog completes it, likewise, if you discipline an unwanted behavior, every time, you’ll be much more effective in getting that behavior to stop in the long run. Being inconsistent just confuses your dog and blocks them from learning and moving forward.
Dog Training Secret #2 | Timing Will Tame
Timing is equally as important, so if you administer affection, IE petting, treats, favorite toy, etc at the exact point or 1 second after the new behavior is completed, you’ll be well on your way to becoming your own dog’s trainer.
Likewise, if you apply discipline right after, during, or even better, just before an wanted behavior occurs and again that’s done consistently, your dog will be on their way to being the talk of the neighborhood.
Dog Training Secret #3 | Repetition Is Required
In the beginning, just try one behavior at a time, then when they have, say 3 different behaviors down cold separately, try mixing it up.
Also, use a consistent rhythm every time you train, for instance, SIT, gooood, treat, DOWN, gooood, treat, Come, gooood, treat, SIT, gooood, treat, and so on.
Dog Training Secret #4 | This One Is Very Powerful
Withholding your dog’s breakfast and using that kibble as Payment during training sessions, will have a significant effect on your dog’s attitude towards training, as well as their respect for you as Their Pack Leader. Basically, if you give affection, IE, food, petting, toys, or outside time whenever they want, they won’t appreciate it, nor will they have a reason to listen to or respect you. So in the beginning or with a particularly hard case, use this technique, and it will serve you well. When you do feed your dog, only leave the bowl down for about 20 minutes, or until your dog finishes, or whichever happens first, then pick it up, and mealtime is over, until the next feeding time. If you want to learn more about that, check out my How To Feed Your Dog Video on YouTube. Also, don’t leave their toys out where they can get to them whenever they want either, put toys up or away and only use them for training time, play time, or something to chew on during crate time.
Dog Training Secret #5 | A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog
Always walk or exercise your dog thoroughly, before each training session, and they will be much more receptive to guidance. If you’d like to learn more about that check out my How To Walk Your Dog YouTube videos. Also on a similar note, a calm assertive human or Pack Leader leads to a calm submissive dog or follower, as our dogs are a reflection of our internal state, if we are excited or frustrated during training time, they will feel that energy and the process will likely be more difficult and time-consuming. So take a deep breath to calm and Center yourself before each training session and at any point, you feel frustrated during training.
OK, so those are the 5 Dog Training Secrets all dog owners should know, understand, and put into practice.
1 more quick thought before we get to the Bonus Content, just in case it’s not obvious already, using all of these techniques simultaneously is the way to go, and may have your neighbors coming to you for help with their dogs.
Bonus Tip #1 | Leash Corrections
Leash corrections or leash pops are administered to either break your dogs tunnel vision/fixation or to communicate with the dog what you want. While walking your dog or leash training, it is important to have a loose leash at all times, as constant tension on the leash, naturally makes your dog want to pull in the opposite direction of the tension.
The Sooner The Better
We should administer a leash correction as early as possible, as once your arm is fully extended it’s virtually impossible to do so, and once again your dog is pulling you down the street.
- Consistency Is Key
- Repetition Is Required
- Timing Will Tame
When offering any discipline or behavior correction, it would behoove you to do so, just as your dog is going for the unwanted behavior, or even better, just before they lung, pull, jump, bark, etc. Once you have lived with a dog for a while you should be able to know what they are going to do before they do it. If not, pay close attention from now on to their body language, it will tell you everything.
Be hyper-aware of your dog’s position, body language, and energy level, through the leash, as well as through your peripheral vision.
Bonus Tip #2 | Where The Nose Goes The Body Will Follow
Your dog isn’t trying to rip your arm out of its socket on purpose, they are just following their nose, eyes, or ears. As you might already know, dogs have a much better sense of smell than we do. The challenge here is to train our dogs to be so focused on us, that they don’t get the chance to notice every smell, site, and sound around them while they’re out on the leash. The key to this is to keep them busy, always be giving them something to do IE instructions and corrections.
It’s Very Important To:
- Stay Calm
- Stay Assertive
- Stay In Control
- Stay at least one step ahead of your dog
- Stop it at level 1 so it never gets to level 10
Bonus Tip #3 | Stop & Wait Procedures (The Reset Button)
While your walking or training your dog, you might find they may have the tendency to slip in and out of compliance. To break this we can apply what I call (Stop & Wait)…
…Or (Stop & Sit Procedures)… It pretty much is what it sounds like; if you are making a correction every 10 steps on average and all of a sudden your having to correct every 2 or 3 steps, (say to keep them from walking in front of you) then stop and wait. anywhere from 5 – 30 seconds, and maybe put them into a sit. Now we are back to a compliant state. What we are saying to our dog by doing this is, We are not doing what you want to do until I get what I want.
This exercise is like a reset button for your dog.
Bonus Tip #4 | Keep em Close
Though I don’t like leashes that are too short, I do like to keep them close for most of the walk. Have an area in mind that’s close to the start of your walk where they can have the whole leash to sniff, and eliminate. keep this location consistent every walk. Using a leash with a loop or handle close to the clasp can be very helpful. Once they have completed eliminating, bring them back in by choking up on the leash for the remainder of the walk. The Leash on the Left is great for this with its 2 neoprene padded handles, Plus you have to like that their reflective stitching keeps you visible and safe at night.
Bonus Tip #5 | Dogs Are Masters Of Body Language
Once you have had a dog as part of your pack/family for a while, you should be able to notice your dog’s body language and know what they are going to do just before they do it RIGHT? If you haven’t noticed these things yet, try to pay close attention from now and learn what your dog is telling you through their body language. They are trying to communicate to you in this way.
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So that’s it for this one guys, I wish you well,
Thanks so much for stopping by,
and until next time Remember,
Beee The Pack Leader, and be Safe.