Training Your Dog Pawsitively

Everyone knows a well-behaved dog lessens pressure in a household. As members of the family, many of us treat our dogs similarly to how we engage with our children. So akin to teaching our kids how to be well-behaved, we also like our dogs to learn social basics, so they too can contribute to the family's well-being. This is when good training comes into play. The benefits for doing so are multi-faceted. It builds closer bonds, increases socialization with other family members — and it also provides comfort and safety for you, your children and neighbors.

Types of training

In today’s world, there are a number of very good options to choose from based on canine's age. To best suit the needs of you and your dog, classes are available for both puppies and adults.

Puppy classes typically focus on potty/crate training, basic cues such as sit and down, in addition to teaching them not to jump. Basic training for adult dogs — those six months or older — teaches your pet commands such as sit, stay, down, heel and come, and may also address how to increase their focus and attention.

The Companion Animal Sciences Institute says that “animal friendly, positive reinforcement-based methods are the most efficient and effective, and least intrusive and risk laden methods to use in animal training and behavior change programming, and most conducive to facilitate the human animal bond.”

Positive Reinforcement Training

It's extremely important to avoid punishment-based training, which is harmful and will weaken the bond between you and your dog. On the flip side, positive-reinforcement training is the mainstay accepted by most veterinarians and animal advocates.

Victoria Stilwell is the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) – the world’s premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers. Since its launch in 2010, VSPDT has become the gold standard in humane, force-free positive training.

Positive training is the best way to develop a common language bond based on mutual trust, respect and love, which motivates dogs into making the right choices.

Finding a licensed trainer

Finding the right dog trainer helps immensely in creating a happy, harmonious household. You can start by selecting a hand-picked “Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers.”

This is a global network of world-class positive reinforcement dog trainers, personally approved by Victoria to ensure that you have access to the most accomplished, professional, reward-based training options in your area.

On her website, all you have to do is type in your location and the radius you are willing to accept, and a number of certified trainers in your geographical region will pop up here.

To test the waters, on that same page, you can also book a phone or Skype consultation with a VSPDT trainer to ask pertinent questions, before taking the next step of hiring a trainer.

Readers, please report back in the comments below with your feedback if you proceed with today's suggestions. And good luck in training your dog pawsitively!  

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