Dogs are adorable pets and you could enjoy their company the most if they are well trained. Because we all know when you’re trying to relax and they’re jumping all over you that can get annoying real quick! Training a dog requires a lot of patience and time but believe me it is all worth it. So here are ten principles of successful dog training.

1. Be Generous With Your Affection

A dog will not be submissive to your command unless it will be given the affection it needs. An owner must learn to handle their pets. This can be done by combing their hair or personally wash them. By constantly showing your affection, you would be able to gain the trust of your dog and it will be listen to all your commands.

2. Extinction

Extinction occurs when the dog no longer receives an expected reward for a correct response and eventually stops responding. This happens when a dog is following the command of its owner but did not receive any treats as a reward for doing so. Since there is no reward that was supposed to be received, the dog will no longer respond to the command of its owner. It is important that whatever commands that the dog learns it must be followed with constant reinforcements.

3. The Training Should Be Fun and Creative

Dogs are like kids – they always want to play. So an exciting training should be full of fun with creative activities between you and your dog. It could be like walking with them through obstacles or by simply throwing a ball for them to fetch.

4. Training Mood

Mood is an important factor in training a dog. The dog must be in the right mood for it to be attentive in whatever you commanded it to do. Dog trainers suggest to train dogs when they are hungry in order for them to be willing to do whatever commands given in exchange for food. Typical rewards can be dog food or dog biscuits.

5. Be Consistent

Consistency in training must be maintained in order to achieve retention. A dog forgets your command if there is an interval of training for a longer period of time. It must be consistent to be able for the training to be effective.

6. Freedom

Freeing a dog from their leash is freedom. It means you trust your dog that much to allow it to be free from its leash. But freeing it from its leash must be a form of reward during training. It is like if the dog responded to every command during a period of training. It must be a well deserved reward to be free up from its leash and be able to run around as fast as it could. In doing so, the dog knows that if it behaves well at the end of the day it will be free up from its leash.

7. Train Smart

There are these sayings, “train smart not hard” or “train with brain not pain”. As the saying goes, look for ways to train your dog as effective as it can be. Don’t waste your time on training on a trick that is impossible for it to do or could not get it. Try other teaching techniques that would be effective for you and your dog. Slauka Beaudreault, a dog owner, said she tried over and over to get her dog to roll on command but it just didn’t work. While the trick isn’t impossible, it’s just something her dog didn’t want to do so she moved onto other tricks which worked out great!

8. Be Happy

Be calm as possible and try to put your dog in a relaxed mood. When giving commands, you should not shout or yell but rather try to be patient as much as possible. Don’t get mad at your dog if it didn’t get your command right. Try to be as fun as possible so that the training would be on a happy mood. A happy dog is more willing to obey your commands compared to a fearful or angry dog.

9. Know Your Dog’s Personality

The trainer must know the personality of its trainee. If the personality of the dog is more playful, the trainer must look for training methods that must coincide with its personality. It could be a playful training method. Dog’s personality must be reconsidered for a successful training.

10. Help your dog understand clearly

Since dogs don’t actually speak our language, the trainer must help dog understand the command clearly. If when giving commands, the trainer could demonstrate it or do actions so that the dog could be able to give correct response.

So those are the top ten principles of successful dog training. The more patient and fun you are when training your dog the more successful the training will go.

Joe lives in sunny Florida and writes about pets. He loves sharing his knowledge in his local community and some of his work can be found at Advantage Pet Center’s resource section located here