Two key factors help improve the speed of learning for your canine buddy: repetition and consistent use of commands by your family members. Writing down these commands on a cue card that you carry with you when training your dog is highly recommended:
When teaching your four-legged friend a new command, you must always start with your dog’s name (e.g. Fido, sit!). Next, you must wait a few seconds to make sure your dog understands the command. If necessary, you can use the longline or firmly push your dog into the correct position. Once your dog gets the command, be sure to praise him and repeat the command several times. Some people use treats to reinforce good behavior, but they should be used judiciously.
If your dog does not listen to your commands, you will need to alter your tone level so that he understands. This also applies for both praise and correction. However, keep in mind that too much praise may overly excite your dog, while an aggressive tone all the time may eventually become ineffective.
The sound of your voice will tell a lot to your dog. For example, when your dog is scared and you want to reassure him, you simply need to whisper to him. The words you say won’t really matter but the quiet, comforting sound will. In contrast, when trying to encourage your dog to do something, a more assertive, upbeat voice will do the trick!
Keep in mind that if your dog is not listening to you, it’s not because he wants to upset or defy you. It may be because your dog sees a better option or simply does not understand the command. Dog walking training requires a tremendous amount of patience each day. So don’t worry if you’re experiencing a failure to communicate with your dog – tomorrow is another day!