- Rewards are given for everything “good or right” that your dog does. Even if your dog makes an effort in the correct direction, reward him.
- Get your dog’s attention. Call his or her name prior to giving any training command.
- When giving commands correctly, you should be clear and use a short command once.
- Releasing your dog from a command is just as important as giving the command. An example might be to say “OK”.
- When training your dog, initially use hallways, doorways and quiet rooms with minimal distractions.
- Always hold your leash with both hands during training, dog on your left. Do not wrap your leash around your hand or wrist.
- Any training exercise should be initially established by an adult to reduce confusion on the dog’s part, and then have your children try.
- Dogs, like any other animal, can be trained in any language. While you are in the United States start with English, just in case your dog runs away, you have a dog sitter, or you might have to give him away. This will make your dog more universally trained. Dogs can be bi-lingual. If you want to use another language, use it for special commands, not routine commands.