The Ten Commandments of Dog Training
By Ron Dorazio
Rapid Results Dog Training
1. Lavish praise on your dog when he does as asked. Don't be half-hearted about it; dogs can tell the difference.
2. Correct timing is imperative. Dogs
must be shown the error of their ways or their poor compliance
to obedience commands at the very time these events occur. To
correct a dog after the fact would confuse him as to what he's being
3. Always, and I stress ALWAYS, be
consistent in your training. Never, for instance, give your dog a
command that you can't or won't enforce. It only causes your dog
to think he doesn't have to do as you say.
4. Remember that all dogs, large and
small, are pack animals, and as such have a pack mentality. To be
comfortable and happy, your dog must know his position in the pack
(in this case, your family). Obedience training is your best tool
to establish this for him. Without it, he may very well assume that he
is the Alpha dog (the pack leader). And if he is permitted to get away
with improper behavior, why should he think any different?
5. Never train a dog when you are angry. It won't be fair to the dog and it probably will do more harm than good.
6. It is best to teach your dog to
stay off furniture. Doing otherwise would encourage him to think
he's an equal pack member.
7. When you feed your dog, have
him sit and wait until you tell him it's okay to eat. Again, this
helps establish his position in your family.
8. Do not expect your dog to think
like a human. During training, try to think more like he does so you
can help him understand what is expected of him.
9. If you don't want your dog to beg while you are eating, never feed him from the table.
10. Treat your dog with love and
respect (and firmness when necessary) and you will be rewarded many
times over with a happy, loving, obedient dog.