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Some Suggestions Before Training Your Dog

Always Practice While Your Dog is Hungry - You'll be using treats during exercises and your dog will do best when he's hungry.

Practice the exercise before your dog eats. If you're worried that your dog will gain weight, you can even use his dinner as his rewards.

Use phrases such as "Good Sit" and "Good Down" - Use these "specific"phrases rather than just saying "Good Dog."

She doesn't know Humans "vocabulary" and we need to teach her what the commands actually mean.

Use the word "Off" instead of "Down" - If you don't you may be confusing your dog. If you tell your dog "down" when you want her to "lay down" and "down" when your dog "jumps," then you probably are confusing her.

To minimize confusion, use the word "Off" when your dog jumps.

Don't use "NO" Too Often - Be specific! We use "No" for so many things that your dog may think it's his name!

Use phrases like "No Bark" and "No Bite" to help your dog understand.

Never Punish Your Dog for running from You - This is very important and can potentially save your dogs life.

Dogs love to be chased and this can be very frustrating to humans when they are trying to catch them. After running three blocks to catch your dog it's human nature to be angry.
NEVER GET ANGRY at your dog in this situation. If you do, your dog will know that he's going to be punished and you'll have a harder time getting him to return.

If you live near a busy street this can be VERY DANGEROUS.

DOGS LOVE TO CHASE YOU! If the above situation arises, run in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION and PLAYFULLY CALL YOUR DOG. 99% of the time your dog will turn right around and come barreling after you.

Once he gets near you stop and put him on a leash, run into your house, or whatever you can to get him into a safe environment.

IMPORTANT: Praise and even reward your dog for coming and eventually he'll come every time you call.

More Time Rewarding Than Punishing - 90% of your training should focus on rewarding good behavior while only 10% should focus on punishing bad behavior.
No Harsh Methods - There are many training styles that focus mainly on punishment. This can have long lasting psychological effects on your dog.

Example: using severe corrections with a choke collar to keep your dog from jumping on children can potentially lead to aggression.

The dog can actually associate the pain with the children and end up building hostility towards children.

Always Reward Good Behavior - If you dog is behaving properly, be sure to let her know. Even if you didn't tell her to be good. You don't have to save rewards for training sessions.

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