Training dogs isn't hard, or even all that complicated. You need patience, dedication and an effective strategy and you will be able to train them successfully.
Here are five proven tips on how to train your dog successfully:
Avoid Confusion: To prevent your puppy dog getting confused, and to help enable them to recognize commands easily, only a single person should be responsible for training the dog to begin with. If there are multiple people trying to train the dog at the same time this can confuse her and actually stop progress in its tracks.
Use Positive Reinforcement: You should always use positive reinforcement when training your dog. If she does something good, you should reward this behavior such that she will know that what she did was right. If the dog is confused and cannot understand or follow your commands, never force her. Although it might seem otherwise, dogs are not as intelligent as humans, and they do they make mistakes, especially as puppies still learning how the world works. What you need to understand is that they won't immediately understand your commands after a single session; it takes time and constant repetition to train a dog successfully. Also, try to avoid scolding your dog for not listening or following commands as she might become afraid of you which will hinder any other training efforts you try to apply.
One Step At A Time: Teach commands only one at a time. Again, this is to help avoid confusion on her part - learning one thing at a time allows for more focus and more repetition. If she struggles and doesn't seem able to absorb it, try to stick with it until it sticks. Adding additional commands at this point will just confuse the dog. Always start with the basics and work up into more complex or difficult commands.
Stay Calm and Sound Enthusiastic: The tone of your voice affects how your dog perceives what she is being asked to do. When executing commands, you should always try to keep your voice enthusiastic and upbeat so that she will happily obey your commands. Dogs, much like children, will respond best to a low and coaxing voice. If you raise your voice, or shout out loud, she may become startled and unresponsive.
Location Variations: Train your dog in the various places you expect her to be, or that you will take her often. If you keep your dogs at home and never take her outside to a park, or a public place with lots of unfamiliar people, she may have trouble adjusting to the environment and to new people. Take her out often to the park and through the neighborhood. Take her over to visit family and friends at their houses. This will help your dog socialize with other animals and people.
Training your dog can sometime be tough, but with the right information and training program it will be well worth it. In the end, you will both benefit when your dog is suitably trained!