Top 10 Dog Training Tips


#1-Posture and Cues

IMG_0806-e1453051030781 (1)_correctDogs obviously do not speak using our words.   But after hearing our commands over and over again, they learn what they mean.  But before they learn the words, they pick up on our physical cues.  They are masters at reading body language.  Just as they read another dog’s body language in their natural pack or when they see one another on the street, dogs read human cues.

Your job is to use the same cues over and over with the same commands.  Hand signals and facial expressions as well as your body posture speak volumes about your desire for their obedience. And for sure, dogs want to read those cues so they can anticipate what you want them to do next.

For example, when you are working on the short leash with your best friend, stride out like you mean it!  Walk intentionally, so your dog knows you are leading him/her and not vice-versa. Keep your shoulders back, your head erect, and your stride long.  Insist your dog “heels” with his shoulders to be even with your leg.  If he pulls ahead of you, stop!  Then reverse direction.  If he pulls ahead, stop!  Then reverse direction again. The dog will catch on after five or six of these frustrating attempts to pull you.  Keep your posture high, say nothing to your dog, and don’t look at him/her.  These cues are noticed!

After the walk, allow your dog to run and play.  Dogs need a break after every training—and so do you!

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