20 May The Three Rules to Training…
When people tell me they can’t train their out of control dog I tell them to remember 3 words in order: Control, Train, Treat. Let’s break this down step by step…
Control: It’s very typical for a puppy or any untrained dog to be wild and out of control. It’s very frustrating to most people when they’re trying to train them and the dog is running wild all over the place. The simple solution to this is to leash them up. Done. Now I have 90% more control than I had 10 seconds ago. Now it’s time to begin training.
Train: Now we have control we start the training process. I always train in short but effective segments. I don’t ever want to overwork them in turn making them hate it. When we train it’s vital to teach the animal the correct technique with each behavior. This can and will confuse them if not done correctly and very easily could take you back a couple steps. Be sure to consult with a qualified trainer when training.
Treat: After we’ve gotten control of our animal and trained them its time to treat them. Rewarding our animals is extremely important in the training process. It’s also key to reward them right after they do the behavior you asked. Be sure their reward is something they really want. The more demanding the behavior you train, the better the reward should be. I’d recommend a clicker with some dogs as they respond much quicker.
You’ll see me use this same 3 step training strategy every week on “Lucky Dog.” It’s the rules I live and train by. Try them out on your own dog and give me feedback… Ruff.