Top 10 Tips on How to Train Your Dog

It is commonly known that Vancouver is a dog friendly city. Here are 10 tips on how to train your dog and live comfortably in this urban jungle we call home.

annika-boat-backdropYou can easily implement new boundaries, clearly communicate your expectations and begin to see behaviours that you like, occur more often – by being aware of how you and your dog co-exist.

Here are the top 10 tips on how to train your dog.

Be Confident

Whenever you ask your dog to do something, do so with conviction, it is much easier for your dog to respond if you are calm and confident.

Be Patient

If you are patient, your dog is more likely to respond to you, try to avoid getting frustrated when training. You can do so by moving your body position, giving them a more exaggerated cue, taking a few steps forward or back, or removing distractions.

Be Consistent

Make sure you are consistent with everything you do so your dog does not get confused. Coach friends and family on rules around your dog to ensure there are no mixed signals or opportunities for your dog to learn bad habits!

Set Realistic Expectations

Practice skills in easy environments such as your home, then progress to public places like sidewalks, and lastly buffer these skills by adding small distractions incrementally – before ever practicing the skills where you truly need them to be effective.

Understand Your Dog

Dogs learn primarily through association and consequence, but they also spend a lot of time reading our body language! Being aware of how you carry yourself & what you indirectly teach your dog most definitely affects the success of your dog’s behaviour.

Use Management Options

In some situations, managing your dog can set them up for success rather than giving them too much freedom and hoping for the best.

Catch Your Dog Getting It Right

Paying attention to the things your dog does that you do not like, only feeds into the negatives. Catch your dog getting it right and reward with praise, play or food. Reward independent, calm or positive behaviours and ignore OR interrupt/ redirect the negative ones.

Interrupt & Redirect!

When learning boundaries, you will need to interrupt behaviours that you do not like with a sound (clap your hands or say “ah-ah”) and immediately redirect your dog, showing them what you want him/her to do instead.

Exercise… Lots!

Ensure your dog is receiving plenty of mental and physical exercise. Most dogs require at least 45 minutes – 1 hour of physical exercise a day. Once their energy is properly expelled, you can practice basic skills or tricks.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Take 30 seconds to 5 minutes a day to practice setting boundaries, practicing manners and buffing up obedience skills. This is not time consuming, but requires awareness! Training opportunity ideas include: mealtime, before going through doorways, before being let off leash, before food bowl or toy delivery, between every throw of a ball and before greeting strangers. Ask them to do something before receiving any of the above life rewards!

Use all of these techniques and incorporate each of them in your day to day routine.  You will be pleasantly surprised what you can accomplish with awareness and small practice sessions each day.

#RTHOffLeash

We’re all having too much just the right amount of fun!
follow our hashtag #RTHoffleash on instagram for more pictures — or add your own!

Find services in your area:

icon_dogsmile icon_dollars icon_gps icon_heartface-2 icon_heartface icon_jump icon_love icon_mail icon_numberone icon_path icon_paws icon_people icon_phone icon_play icon_prize icon_smiles icon_wellbeing icon_world icon_abc icon_communication icon_dice icon_firstaid icon_grouphandling icon_hand icon_lock icon_snowflake icon_stress icon_tail icon_thermometer icon_trophy icon_window icon_support icon_smile