You have a dog that you wish to enter into the service industry by taking care of special needs individuals. This requires not only a special dog, but also careful training to ensure that the dog will be a good fit for anyone. This article was written to answer some of your questions about dog training.
Underestimating the necessity of good exercise will cramp your dogs training style. Naturally, all dogs need to run, chase and play just to release energy so if they do not get enough exercise outside of training they are very likely to be distracted or over excited and cause the session to be frustrating for everyone.
It is important to understand your dog’s temperament, and what type of training fits for your dog. Not all dogs are alike, just like not all humans are alike either. One training trick that may work for one dog, may not work effectively when training a completely different dog.
To help you train your dog so it is obedient and well behaved, it is important to show the dog that you, and you only, are the pack leader. This means showing a dominant presence so the dog understands that he is not the leader and he must follow your commands. If you follow this key step, you will be on your way to training your dog effectively.
When teaching your dog how to walk on a leash, hold your ground if he attempts to pull you. Plant your feet and do not budge until the dog stops pulling. Your dog will realize that he gets nowhere by pulling. When you are able to get him to walk beside you, reinforce the habit with treats.
When training your dog to fetch a ball, show him you are the leader by making him bring the ball to you at all times. If your dog drops the ball nearby and you walk to pick the ball up, your dog assumes he is the leader. Teaching the dog that he must bring the ball to you each time helps your dog to understand what is wanted of him at all times with the ball.
Do not punish your dog excessively. If your dog performs a bad behavior in front of you, keep your cool and redirect his behavior to a more appropriate source. For example, dogs who inappropriately soil the house should be quietly taken outside and walked until they do their business again. Reinforce going outside as a positive thing, instead of shouting about the stain.
Allowing your new dog gradual access to all areas of your home will greatly aid you in training and will spare damage to couches, shoes and floors. As your dog learns not to do things like jump, scratch, and chew, open more doors to him. Many make the mistake of allowing full reign of all rooms, which really just offers the dog more opportunity to do the wrong thing.
In summary, the success of your show dog is important to you. The tips provided in this article are proven to be the best ways to train your show dog in every aspect. While not every method works for every owner or dog, hopefully these tips will enable you to train your dog correctly.