National Train Your Dog Month Training Tip #9: Watch Your Tone. When training, it's important to differentiate your tone when you command, correct, or praise.

Dogs usually first respond to your tone. Even if he has a solid understanding of commands and corrections, see how your pup responds if you say "No" in a loving and exhuberant way. On the other side of the coin, see how he responds when you praise him in a lower and firm voice. Matching your tone to commands, corrections, and praise will help your dog avoid confusion.

"Grrr... what are you trying to say here?"

  • Commands should be given in a firm and assertive (and often lower) tone. Many people have troubles with this because they tend to ask their dog versus command their dog. Remember, it's important to be keep your commands short and simple. Don't drag out your words. For example, don't ask your dog to "ssiiiiit?" simply tell him "Sit."
  • Corrections should be more stern - usually a deeper tone. (Similar to commands, don't drag your words out.)
  • Praise should be given to your dog in a warm and friendly manner. Depending on what your dog did, sometimes it's even exhuberant and excited.
By Play Admin on Jan 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm 0 Comments

National Train Your Dog Month Training Tip #8: Don't Reward Bad Behavior. Dogs often act badly to get what they want. A great example is when a dog jumps up on you whenever you walk through the door, or a new houseguest comes over. He simply is asking for attention, and he knows you'll give it to him when he does it!

However, there's a very simple way to teach him that jumping is an unwanted behavior that will not result in attention: ignore him! When you get home don't pay your pup any attention (don't look at him, call his name, etc.). If he jumps on you, fold your arms and look up at the ceiling or just turn around around; as soon as he's calmed down for a few seconds and has all four paws on the floor, reward and greet him!  By doing this he's learning that jumping won't give him what he wants. Make sure to be consistent and repeat the process as many times as necessary - it can be frustrating at first but remember, patience is key.

By Play Admin on Jan 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm 0 Comments

National Train Your Dog Month Training Tip #7: Don't Coddle Your Pup! When your dog is frightened by a person, place, or situation, don't coddle her. By saying, "don't worry, it's okay, there, there." you're basically giving your dog the impression that being scared is okay. Instead, encourage your pup to explore.

Example: Your puppy is scared to go down the stairs. Instead of coddling and picking her up. Encourage her, and then praise when she makes that first step. That will give her the confidence to know it's okay!

By Play Admin on Jan 13, 2013 at 12:00 am 0 Comments