"P's" of Training
learns faster with encouragement—use toys, treats, and/or scratches under the
chin—whatever your dog responds to best.
Incorporate practice into your daily routine: Try a few exercises at feeding
time; bring along some treats on your daily walks and practice sit, heel, and
come; teach the meaning of a positive word like "OK" by saying it
whenever it's time for a break.
Rags a chance to do something RIGHT before he does something wrong. In other
words, BE CONSIDERATE and PAY ATTENTION! Don't expect superhuman feats from
him, such as "holding it" for 10 hours. Watch for Rags to start
eyeing the neighbor's cat and call him to you for a good scratch behind the
ears to distract him from giving chase.
Patience. It is
unreasonable to expect Rex to turn into a perfect gentleman overnight, so be
patient. Keep training sessions short, interesting, and positive. If Rex starts
to get bored and distracted after 10 minutes or you start to lose your temper,
it's time for a recess.
The P that DOESN'T belong is Punishment. If Rosie
"misbehaves," it's YOUR fault for failing to supervise her or
communicate with her clearly. NEVER hit Rosie: This teaches her that might
makes right, a lesson she may later use on you or a child.
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