He started by saying that when training a dog, he would spend less time training them if he did not need to spend time explaining to the owner of the dog how to go about this. The reason is because a good relationship and listening skills work well when training a dog in light of the fact that he bases his training on the way dogs communicate.
He suggested that what helps dogs understand you is learning a few words in their language. Today, he went through part of the sheets he leaves with every dog owner he has helped train their dog. He was handling the portion on “10 Rules for Dog Training Success” from these sheets.
He emphasized that well mannered dogs do not just happen. On the contrary, this is a matter of training them. He also suggested that it is never too soon to begin good habits, repetition and gentle training for a dog and at this point, one should have infant expectations with their dog. He indicated that humans should always be the boss, alpha and the leader of the household. That is because a dog views life as a park order and this is all done with attitude and not hitting the dog or anything of that sort.
He indicated that a dog thrives on structure, order and leadership and from the list he explained that successful dog training is pegged on
- Setting your dog up to succeed – owners expect too much too fast but if you set your dog up to succeed; your dog will want to do more. Celebrate the small progress that your dog shows.
- Keeping it simple – use one word commands where possible. It is easier for your dog to comprehend one word rather than a paragraph. On this point, he also indicated that he believes commands should be backed by authority and there should be no negotiation about it.
- Silence is powerful and it is important to wait in silence after giving a dog a certain command to see the response.
- Being fair – do not expect your dog to read your mind. Make sure they understand what you expect from them.