10 Dog Training Tips

January is National Train your Dog Month. My readers know that I’m an advocate of humane, positive, science based dog training. So, every Tuesday on the Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook page is “Training Tip Tuesday”.  I ask fans and training experts to chime in with their training tips. Here are some of my favorites:

  • “When dealing with behavior issues, remember to look at daily sources of stress in your dog’s life and start with a de-stress or relaxation process before you begin tackling the problems. Much like us, ongoing stress or over-stimulation is not healthy for our dogs either!” Michelle Payson, owner of That’s My Dog Professional Dog Training in Douglas, MA.
  • “Remember that EVERY interaction that you have with your pet is training and that most pets will interpret ANY attention from you as a reward, even if you think of it as negative attention” Not Home Alone Pet, Livestock, and House Sitting in San Dimas, California.
  • “Focus on what you want your pet to do, instead of what you don’t want him to do. Don’t like the barking at the front door? What do you want instead? Work towards that! It changes your focus completely.” Shared by Karey Harris.
  • “Ignore or manage undesirable behaviors, and reward and/or reinforce desirable behaviors!” A suggestion from fan Sallee Autumn.
  • “When introducing new behaviors with most cats, it’s best to train before meals. When training new behaviors with high energy dogs, it’s best to do training sessions after a short period of exercise. Both of these tips will help the dog & cat to be more focused during a training session.” From Amy of ConsciousCompanion.com in North Carolina.
  • “Loose leash walking – If we let our dogs leave the house in an excited state, loose leash walking might be difficult.” Here’s a great post by trainer Lupe Matt on the subject. (And you’ll get a good laugh out of the Boxer’s reaction in the video when he’s asked if he wants to go for a walk.)
  • “Accept your dog as is… a social creature, a companion animal. Be realistic in your goals and fair in your expectations. Train away the things that you absolutely can not live with and never, ever underestimate a dogs potential, based on your own preconceived notions.” Susan Gleeson, owner of Center for Heeling

Do you have any dog or cat training tips you can share with Care2 readers? Thanks for posting them in a comment below and letting us know what you think of the training tips in this post.

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261 comments

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 months ago

Thank you

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney2 months ago

Very informative. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney2 months ago

Interesting advice. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney2 months ago

Great information.Thank you for caring and sharing.

S Gardner
sandy Gardner2 months ago

Train your dogs the same way you train your man or a child. Positive Reinforcement.

S Gardner
sandy Gardner2 months ago

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Jenny H.
Past Member 3 months ago

I am truly inspired from your write-up and sharing this too with my friends and colleagues. Who's Walking Who

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer5 months ago

Positive reinforcement works wonders in all animals - even human.

Kamia T.
Kamia T.5 months ago

I've been raising rescue dogs for over thirty years, and while treating them to positive reinforcement is great when you can, there are certain behaviors they learned while out in the wild; in foster care; or just as a function of their own anxiety, etc. that have to be dealt with is a discpline/punishment format or they will never stop.