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Obedience training tips

Obedience training takes time and patience. Proper obedience training does not happen overnight, it takes practice and consistency for your dog to master commands. We've come up with the top seven tips to help training go more smoothly and successfully for both you and your pet!


  1. Use the same name for the command every time - multiple different words for a command can confuse your pup and cause frustration for both you and your pet. Make sure you and every other household member are using the same word for the desired command.

  2. Use frequent and short training sessions to teach your pet - practicing everyday for 20-30 minutes as opposed to once or twice a week for several hours will provide much more successful training. Just like humans, dogs can become frustrated at working on the same task over and over for long periods of time so it is important to practice tasks daily for short intervals while your have your pets attention.

  3. Consistency is key - the only way for your pet to be consistent is for you to be consistent. For example, if your pet has a problem with jumping on you every time you enter the room, use the 'down' command EVERY time this happens. Not using commands consistently confuses your pet as to when it is okay to jump and when it is not.

  4. Avoid forcing your pet to do commands - when teaching commands like 'sit' or 'down' it can seem easier to push them down or forcing them into the sit position. However, this can create an aversion with these commands, so allow your dog the time and patience to move into these positions on their own while practicing.

  5. Reward your dog for good behaviors - rewards can vary from treats to praise, but whatever form of reward you choose make sure it is used for all good behavior even outside of practice and training time with your pet. This is very important for encouraging further good behavior. In turn, when bad behavior happens withhold the rewards. It is important to reward and withhold rewards in the moment so the dog relates to reward with the action.

  6. Read your dogs behavior - just like humans, there will be times during training that your dog just isn't feeling it. They may be distracted or frustrated which will lead to further frustration if you try too hard to force training techniques. In cases like this, take a short break and then return to practicing.

  7. Be a good leader - dogs feed off your energy, so exhibiting anger or frustration will cause your dog to feel those same emotions. If your dog is not exhibiting behavior you like, don't punish or yell. Instead, remove them from the situation and in turn yourself for a few moments, then return to the activity.

Obedience training is no simple task, it takes hard work and consistency over a period of time. Enrolling your pet in an obedience class or seeking out professional help can help not only your pet, but also you as an owner and trainer. Phoenix K9 Services can help whether your dog is just beginning training or needs maintenance training to touch up on their skills. Contact us today to see how we can help your pet!

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