Basic Training for Humans
Disclaimer: I am not a professional animal trainer
However I have been around animals my entire life
I have learned through experience, trail and err
and by being willing to learn from others.
These guidelines and ideas were methods I used,
and continue to use, in the daily life of my own dog.
If you have questions or concerns or troubles
which are beyond these simple suggestions
please consult a skilled, certified expert.
If you haven't chosen your furry child yet then it's a great time
to be thinking about his or her education. If you already have a
four-legged child at home maybe some of these tricks
my human used on me can help you too.
Be Prepared (You'll hear that more then once)
Choose about your words wisely
hear sounds not necessarily words. Picking words that sound too much
like each other can be confusing. (example: up, jump) Dogs tend to
hear the last syllable notice how similar they sound. Change your
language. (example: up, over)
Be Consistent, Be
could be a hundred examples here but the idea is no means no, and
okay means okay, and down means down. Don't change YOUR routine. You
must be continually and consistent for a dog to get the lesson.
How'd you get that dog to listen so well?
Well first of all I was consistent. I never
rewarded partial moves or wrong moves. I always added a degree of
to a command that my dog had learned. I taught with rewards of
treats, pats and a happy voice. I made it a life long game to play with
my dog instead of just a goal. I enjoyed it. And so did my dog. The
biggest reason she does everything so well is
she never learned to do it wrong!
First I was prepared, I thought about my actions
and then I was so constant I drove myself crazy. Here are some learned
behaviors I found important to incorporate into Emma's life.
time I took her outside, even in the backyard, it was on a leash. I
would stand still and let her travel in only the small circle the
leash would allow her to travel, and would say "Go Potty". (4 to 6
foot leash here, not a retractable) This, in the long run did two
things. First, dogs can't seem to pee and sniff at the same time. So
if you travel with your dog and you let them out of the car they
spend 20 minutes cruising around and sniffing and they forget about
the reason you let them out to begin with. If you limit their
ability to travel, the sniff doesn't take as long and they can get
down to business. Circling must activate some innate behavior? The
second thing is, it has made her, "potty on command dog!"
Use Simple Words
not talk to my dog for months... I was fortunate my husband was out
of town and the house was empty so my communicative abilities
weren't missed. But even crowded households can accomplish this, you
just need to make sure everyone is on the same page! Maybe you lead
the family meeting on how to speak to a dog. For the first few
months all you heard inside my home was: Sit, Stay, Down, No, Good
Girl, Sit, Stay, Down, No, Good Girl, Sit, Stay, Down, No, Good
Girl... (get the picture?) Dogs DO NOT understand sentences.
"I told you not to jump up on the couch" DOES NOT REGISTER. We are
human and our emotions get the best of us because we want so bad for
these furry little bundles to love us. Love us without using your
words later. (We will tell you how we did that too.) For now, Sit,
Stay, Down, No and Good Girl will do.
Use Simple Words ONCE
of Interest: If you are teaching your dog to sit and you say "sit"
and he doesn't do it, so you say "sit" and he doesn't do it and you
say "sit" again and he finally does it. Your command has just become
"Sit, Sit, Sit"! Say "Sit" if he doesn't do it, physically move hit
to a sit and then reward him.
is a tricky one and one not easily clarified in writing, however the
key is TIMING IS EVERYTHING. You once again, are teaching your dog
to sit. You say "Sit" (once) and before his butt is on the ground
your saying "good boy" and at the same time already giving him a
treat... Good human, you have just taught your dog to - crouch!
Timing is everything.... You are teaching your dog to sit and you
say "sit" and your dog does it! And then he barks starts to get up
to get the treat you are holding out for him, while you are saying,
"good boy" and... Congrats, you have just taught your dog how to,
leave a sit! Timing is everything. You said "sit", he sat. You said
good boy and gave him a treat while he was still sitting there....
He is a dog who knows how to sit!
Don't Tease Me
never pulled my dogs food bowl away from her. I never made her think
I was going to take it away if she didn't gobble it all away. I
never made her think it could go away so you better protect it. I
didn't play games, head games with her. She learned to be secure.
There are certain games or certain behaviors that people want or
chose for their dogs to do. If that is you, consider teaching those
behaviors later in life. Let the dog learn a clean, basic foundation
of training and then build on the dogs knowledge. Don't confuse a
pup with two opposing teaching techniques at the same time.
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Dog Tricks and Commands!
Tone of voice
Your dog is learning the tone of your voice when you
Stop, means stop!
Teach your dog to learn the command correctly . That
way if your dog start to bolt across the street a simple "stop" will do!
Dogs do not respond better, quicker or faster because
you scream it, STOP.
What if a car is coming. Your normal "stop" should
stop your dog. If you yell STOP well he may not even know what you are
Above method applies to other animals
"One day I thought I had lost
I was out roaming the neighborhood
crying and screaming out
her name. I was an emotional wreck. I was so sad and felt
When I got home their she was under the tree as if
nothing had happen. I said in a calm voice "Sam" and she stood
and came right
over to me!
Even the cat probably didn't know what was going on
and though I was out looking for someone whose names was, Oh god Sam
where are you?
I am sure my cat thinks I am weird.
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