I thought training my corgi Charlie would be difficult but it turned out to be easier using these
Tips on Training Your Puppy I’ll Provide:
- Know your dog’s breed personality. If your dog is knowing if your dog’s personality type is even-tempered, alert, inquisitive, aloof etc will help with how to approach training. Charlie he’s smart, alert and affectionate.
- Know your dogs energy level. Your dog may be high energy, somewhat active or not very active. Charlie is high energy, and loves having a job to do, because of this he enjoys being trained and all the mental stimulation that come with it.
- Keep training sessions short, and break them down into smaller tasks.
- Know your dog’s trainability, some dogs learn faster than other dogs and respond well to training. While learning Charlie’s trainability I learned he’s easy to train and will need to be showed things about 8-10 times before he learns it.
- Be patient with your dog, if you’re frustrated he will sense that.
- Use the same wording with commands. If it’s “sit” say “sit”, don’t say “have a seat” and expect the same results.
- Always Reward!. Use small bite sized treats, that are fast and easy to eat during training.
- Be a cheerleader. Cheer and clap for your dog when he performs well. That encouragement makes training easier.
- Use the right tools for the job, if you are teaching fetch get a suitable ball, toy etc.
- Try using hand signals, there are certain hand signals I use with Charlie, if he’s unable to hear me clearly he understands if he’s looking. New York City gets very loud outside and hand signals help.
- Explore using other devices and methods for training if your current method isn’t working. I used a clicker with Charlie, it sped up training, and made it easier. I do not use the clicker anymore, once he learned what he was being trained it was no longer needed.