Dog training doesn’t need to include harsh physical reprimands; it starts with understanding why your pup is behaving in a certain way and learning how to “lead” them in the right direction. Dogs are pack animals, and they will deem themselves the leader if you allow them; or they will follow your direction as the leader, if you properly establish that leadership. They want to make you happy; you just have to teach them how, but in the right way. Hitting or kicking them is never the answer. That can do way more damage than harm – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Dog training tips often say “start with a treat” but one of the first things you must do is establish a positive, confident, assertive attitude. If you’re not confident, your dog will know it. They pick up on your energy and react accordingly. You must feel confident in yourself that you can lead your dog and feel confident that they will follow.
Once you have the right attitude, you can start teaching them what certain words and gestures mean and encourage them with treats and love as they get started. You can also begin to properly correct bad behaviors. If you don’t have the knowledge, time, or patience to consistently work with your puppy or dog onobedience training, dog training schools can help.
Villa La PAWS holds dog training classes that follow the Canine Academy Training Guidelines that require gentle training methods in helping your pup learn obedience. Instructors will help you learn to communicate with your dog and figure out why they have certain behaviors, and how to correct those behaviors. They can also help you with basic or advanced obedience training.