Dog training is not rocket science
and is not as difficult as you think. It is certainly
possible for ANY dog owners to train their dogs themselves
provided they put in adequate amount of effort. The
principles listed here are universal to dog training of any
dog breeds, be it sporting, working, toy or terrier, any
dogs - big or small, pup or old, any Owners - competitive or
In short, if you are serious about training your dog and
demand Only success, You MUST apply these principles. No
“If” No “But”. Get the basic right first before you start to
train your dog!
Consistency is very important during training and correcting
unwanted behavior. Always use the same "command" for a
specific task you require of your dog. Don’t confuse him by
using different command for the same task.
Once you’ve establish some house rules such as - keeping the
cooking area out of bound to your dog, enforce them
constantly. If the dog learns that he can get away with it
now and then, your previous efforts will go down the drain.
Lastly, make sure everyone in the family accept and enforce
your rules consistently.
Timing is critical to successful training. Praise your dog
whenever he is doing something right. As expected, reprimand
him on the spot and to the point whenever he misbehave or
fails to response to your command. Praise and reprimand that
happen later will have no effect on your dog.
* There are 2 main schools of thoughts concerning the timing
of correction when your dog misbehaves. I called the first
school of thoughts the “Direct Approach”. It simply requires
you to reprimand your dog on the spot if he misbehaves. This
is more of a tangible and straight forward approach to
training your dog and is easy to understand for most
I called the second school of thoughts the “Endurance
Approach” as it’ll require you to ignore your dog when he
misbehaves. Using the cause and effect to your advantage,
this approach requires you to ignore the dog, especially
when he misbehaves to seek attention and encourage you to
pay attention to your dog only when he’s a good boy.
Attention Factor (Endurance Approach)
Dogs love attention and are hugely motivated by it. Unlike
man, dogs do not know how to differentiate between positive
and negative attention. They see things in a simple way. If
a certain action gets reaction and attention, you’ll bet
they repeat it over and over again. (Cause and Effect)
Unfortunately, for most dog owners, we more often than not
give our dogs negative attention. For example, "Do you let
him out of his crate when he groans?" or "Do you give chase
when he runs off with your socks?" These are negative
attentions given to the dog and is certainly motivating his
Fortunately, the opposite is true if you pay enough
attention to your dog when he behaves himself. When the dog
understands that he’ll get attention only when he’s
behaving, he’ll learn that only good behavior attract
attention and he’ll repeat his good behavior always.
Focus your attention on your dog only when he is behaving;
praise him or give him a treat, let him know that he’s
getting the attention. If this technique is used correctly,
he’ll be a well-behaved dog for a long time to come.
Nevertheless, this approach is
probably not for the short temper and requires you to go
through an endurance ordeal. Imagine your dog chewing up
your sock in your presence. “Endure Dude!”
You need to be in the correct frame of mind before you train
your dog. Never train your dog when you are under the
influence of alcohol or drug. Also try not to train him if
you’ve a bad day or not in the best of your mood.
If you’ve just argued with your sweetie or got a telling off
from your boss earlier on. You would most probably take out
your frustration on him and threaten your relationship with
him in future.
Do remember to apply these dog training principles
constantly & you'll be half-way through to successful dog