Beginners guide to dog training
Professional dog trainers make it look so simple to train dogs. But if you think it is, you are wrong. The first time you try yourself, you will probably experience that even the simplest methods are not working. But all dogs try to please their owners, so spend a lot of time with your dog. Then it will love you; and thereby try to obey you.
You should start to train you dog, when it is between 3 and 16 weeks. The bonds between it and you will start to take hold. So the future training will be much easier, if you earn its respect there.
Commands are the first to learn in dog training. But it is not as simple as the experienced dog trainer can make it look. Your dog will probably not obey your commands, when you are trying the same.
The success lies in the tone of the voice. It may seem like the experienced dog trainers know a secret dog language. But actually they do just know how the tone of the voice can make the dog obey. And if you practice a lot, you can learn the same.
You must have a firm (but non-threatening) tone of voice to show who is the dominating part of you two. If you do not establish that, you will not be able to train your dog. And it will only fear you, if you threats or yells.
Instead you should praise your dog, when it is doing something right. A positive attitude is the most effective thing in dog training. A dog is able to distinguish between right and wrong; but it is not capable to understand the difference without the proper feedback from the trainer.
So use your voice to tell the dog, if it is doing things right or wrong. This way it can learn what is good behavior. The dog is really trying to follow your instructions to please you.
When you master the tone of the voice, you can start to search for more complicated training methods to take the training even further.
And a final advice; all dogs have different temperament and intelligence. So what might work on one dog, is not always working on other dogs. So find the methods that work with your dog.