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What's your favorite training advice?

Jazzy

GRCH Dog
Listen to your dog...don't push training....if it's not a good day...do one small thing the dog can have success with, take a break and call it a day.
 

leavesofjoy

Big Dog
Premium Member
Follow your heart instead of "experts". Do what feels right for the relationship YOU want with YOUR dog.

-MN
 

JamieH

Puppy
I have to give 2, I can't pick just one!

I'm going to be a bit more specific - I learned these 2 things with my puppy, Lillie.

Use a harness for puppies; let them pull and be happy, greet, socialize, smell the flowers, chase a leaf, etc. etc. without becoming accustomed to the feel of pressure against a collar. At the same time, train them NOT to pull while the leash is hooked to the collar. Works WONDERS! And not something I would have thought of on my own.

The second is to keep some kibble in your pocket and reward EVERYthing that makes you happy. We now have a puppy that comes when called, walks nicely on a leash, sits on the rug when she comes inside, sits to be fed, sits for pets (mostly). She is a dream!
 

dellacella

Big Dog
This is a great thread you started Lillie, right now I like the keep kibble in your pocket. I have never had a dog so food driven as this Shep ...but remember that is part of their daily food so they don't put on weight
 

JamieH

Puppy
This is a great thread you started Lillie, right now I like the keep kibble in your pocket. I have never had a dog so food driven as this Shep ...but remember that is part of their daily food so they don't put on weight

Exactly! And this is also why I use kibble and not "treats". Think of it, too, as one more way they can work for their meal.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Exactly! And this is also why I use kibble and not "treats". Think of it, too, as one more way they can work for their meal.
Yes, it is great for those dogs that will do it! Two of mine refuse it as treats! Two of them will, most of the time. That's why you have to use what works for the dog in front of you.

Please keep them coming! There are two reasons for this post, but I don't want to say yet.
 

Nik

Little Dog
Use nilf! Nothing in life is free! :-) makes a big difference when the pup has to earn everything.


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Lillie May

Good Dog
Sorry for the bump, but wanted to see if I'd get more responses. I'm the novice trainer. I've been asked by family and friends to train their dogs. I agreed with the understanding I'm NOT a certified trainer and I'm not charging anything.

While I'm confident training my own dogs, taking on others is something else. I have 9 total, and luckily I know these dogs well. I just want to do it right, making sure I don't forget anything!
 

kwestcott

Little Dog
Make sure they are not wound up before a training session as they are more likely to pay attention if they have just played a good game of fetch or gone for a fun walk!