Here are some basic dog training tips to help you and your fur buddy have a happy and harmonious relationship.

Patience

You will need plenty of patience to get results, regardless of whether you have a young puppy, a rescue dog or a more mature canine.

  • Choose a suitable time to train your pooch. Your patience may quickly wear thin after a long, hard day at work. So it might be better to set aside time in the morning when you are well-rested. Or else give yourself some time to wind down after a busy day before you start training.
  • Consider the energy and attention that your hound will be capable of. You may find it easier to train your puppy once they have had a walk and burnt off some excess energy. As you will need to remain calm to gently repeat your chosen training exercise. By the same token, a more mature companion may have more enthusiasm for their basic dog training earlier in the day.
  • Equally important, accept that some days will not go to plan. When you can see your pup consistently losing interest or getting tired, you can make the call to try again another day.

Patience may sound like such a basic dog training tip. However, a lack of patience is often where a training program comes unstuck. 

Your patience will be rewarded with a happy and obedient dog.

Repetition

Think back to learning to write or ride a bicycle and how many times you had to repeat the same action before you mastered it. Your dog will need time and practice to master what you are training them to do. Bear in mind that although they are instinctual animals, they have a lot to process and learn to put together to do what you request.

Your dog will need to observe and sense many things like:

  • Your body movements and actions, and associate them with their own responses and actions,
  • The leash and collar interacting as actions change, along with
  • Your hand signals and,
  • Your verbal commands, as you give them their basic dog training.

Along with this, also mastering any equipment that you may then choose to use in more advanced education programs. Again, this may seem like a very basic dog training tip, however, many owners underestimate the amount of repetition that is required in order for their fur baby to learn actions and commands.

Frequency

Another key tip for achieving good results in basic dog training is a good frequency of practice. Think about how you would go about getting fit or learning a new sport or any other skill. If you only did it once a week you wouldn’t make good progress. The same applies to your pooch. Teaching them the same action and command frequently will help your companion animal to understand what is required and help them learn more quickly.

Tips to achieve a good frequency and repetition for basic dog training are:

  • Integrate actions and commands into your daily routine, like ‘sit’ before feeding or ‘heel’ when you go to empty the postbox
  • Program some pup time into your diary, even if it is only 10 minutes every day, and you will be amazed how quickly you will be rewarded with results
  • Pick one or two key actions and commands and focus on success with them before moving on to the next training goal. Small steps will help you quickly build up to great achievements.

Integrate basic training into your daily routine to achieve a good frequency of repetition.

Consistency

The next basic dog training tip of consistency fits in tightly with repetition and frequency. A little thought and planning will go a long way to help you achieve consistency. What words and actions, as well as hand signals, accompany your everyday routine? Can you use these or adapt them slightly when working with your dog?

Remember, you will need to use the same action and voice command over and over so that your dog can master their basic training. So choosing what comes naturally will make it easier for both of you. Using different actions or changing commands over the course of training will only confuse your dog. Resulting in poor or slow results. As well as being demotivating for you. Repetition, frequency, and consistency go hand in hand to accelerate results.

Persistence

Your persistence will pay off! Just like humans, dogs have their good days and their bad days. Your education program may not always go to plan. Dogs grow, change mentally and physically, and age. Accordingly, each phase brings new challenges. Stay strong and stay the course. Please be assured that if you stick to your program and use the basic dog training tips provided here, you will reap the rewards.

If you have persisted and find you are not making the progress your expect, then try a different tack. What works well for some breeds and some age groups, may not work as well for other dogs. In some cases, a small tweak may be all you and your dog need. And in other cases, you may have to make a bigger change. So in addition to these basic dog training tips, here are some other useful resources for you to review.

Consistency and persistence in your basic training will pay off and you will soon see good results.

Additional resources

There are plenty of free dog training tips and resources online to help you get started or when you get stuck. Here are some well-known trainers that share their methods:

The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan

Positive training expert, Victoria Stilwell

The Dogfather, Graeme Hall

I trust you have found these basic dog training tips helpful. In addition to this, I have more pet advice articles and other tips to help you and your pawsome buddy have a healthy, happy life, like How to calm a dog during fireworks and Dog walking dangers: Paralysis ticks. As well as articles like Dog Boarding vs Dog Minding vs Pet Sitting and Dog Boarding Kennels or Pet Care in My Home?

If you prefer some lighter reading, you may enjoy my dog walking short stories in Chronicles of Charming. Or you can take a peep behind the scenes with my dog minding activities. Simply scroll down to the relevant sections on the Holiday Mum Pet Care Blog.

And on a final note, just for a little inspiration for your dog training goals, see what Alexa Lauenburger has achieved: