Consistency When you are training a behavior, you must consistently reward the behavior. If the behavior is new to the dog, you must immediately positively reinforce it when the dog is doing its best to give you what you want. Once the dog knows the behavior, don’t settle for less. Reward the correct behavior. If the behavior is incorrect, don’t be negative. Just ask the dog “what happened” or say “oops,” so it knows it is not what you want. Then show them how to do it correctly and reward the behavior.
Patience Some behaviors take longer to learn for some dogs than others. Be patient! Help the dog get it right. The light bulb will go on! Never show the dog that you are frustrated. The dog will pick up on your frustration, and this will only create stress. Neither people nor dogs can learn under stress. Take your time. Don’t rush things. Keep your training sessions short and positive. Always end your sessions with play.
Fun You and your dog should enjoy training and competition. It is a time to bond and have fun. Our dogs work so hard to please us, don’t forget to appreciate and reward their efforts. If you do it right, your dog will be happy to work with you and you with them. Above all, KEEP IT FUN!