Reinforce Dog Obedience

Everyday Practices That Will  Reinforce Your Dog’s Obedience

My dogs aren’t spoiled, I’m just a well trained owner.” – unknown

ObedientDog-BowWowFunTowneYou’ve spent countless hours training your dog…he seems like he’s got it all down pat…but are you ever really finished? Training your dog isn’t a one-time event; it’s an ongoing process that requires consistent effort and reinforcement. Daily practices play an important part in reinforcing your dog’s obedience, improving his behavior, and strengthening your bond with him and improving his respect for you as his leader.

So if you don’t want to be a well trained owner…

Keep the training going using these tips:

  1. Regular Exercise and Playtime – A tired dog is a well-behaved dog. Daily exercise and playtime are essential for maintaining your dog’s physical health and mental well-being. Engaging in activities such as walks, fetch, or agility training not only burns off excess energy but also provides mental stimulation.
    • When your dog is physically and mentally satisfied, they’re less likely to engage in destructive behaviors like chewing or excessive barking. Aim for at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise and play each day, adjusting the duration and intensity based on your dog’s breed and energy level.
  2. Consistent Training Sessions – Consistency is key to reinforcing obedience. Set aside dedicated training sessions each day to work on commands and reinforce good behavior. Short, frequent sessions (2 to 3 minutes) are often more effective than long, infrequent ones, and allows your pooch to decompress without making errors. Focus on one or two commands at a time to prevent overwhelming your dog.
    • Use positive reinforcement techniques like treats, praise, and toys to reward your dog when they follow commands correctly. Be patient, and remember that consistency and positive reinforcement will help your dog understand and obey commands more reliably.
  3. Mealtime Manners – Feeding time offers an excellent opportunity to reinforce obedience and practice good manners. Before placing your dog’s food bowl on the ground, ask them to perform a simple command like “sit” or “stay.” This reinforces their understanding of commands and ensures they associate mealtime with good behavior.
    • Additionally, teaching your dog to wait patiently until you give them the cue to eat can prevent them from becoming pushy or aggressive during mealtime. Gradually increase the duration of the wait time as your dog becomes more comfortable with the routine.
  4. DogControlsleash-BowWowFunTowneLeash Training and Walks – Daily walks are not only a form of exercise but also a chance to reinforce leash training and obedience. Use leash walks as an opportunity to practice commands like “heel” and “leave it.” Ensure your dog walks beside you and refrains from pulling on the leash.
    • If your dog tends to pull, consider using a no-pull harness or head collar to make walks more comfortable for both of you. Remember to reward your dog with treats and praise when they walk calmly and follow your commands.
  5. Mental Stimulation – Mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise for your dog’s well-being. Engaging your dog’s brain through puzzles, interactive toys, and training challenges can prevent boredom and destructive behavior.
    • Invest in puzzle toys that dispense treats or hide toys and treats around the house for your dog to find. These activities not only provide mental stimulation but also reinforce problem-solving skills and obedience.
  6. Bonus Tip: Stay Patient and Positive – Consistency and positivity are at the core of reinforcing obedience in your dog. Avoid harsh punishments or negative reinforcement, as these can harm the trust and bond you share with your friend. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement techniques that reward good behavior and encourage your dog to make the right choices.

Remember that every dog is unique, and what works best for one may not work for another. Pay attention to your pup’s individual needs and preferences, and adjust your daily practices accordingly.

With love, patience, consistency, and a positive attitude, you’ll enjoy the rewards of a well-trained and well-behaved friend for years to come.

Remember, each dog is an individual, so be attentive to your furry friend’s individual needs and consult with your veterinarian to create a tailored plan for keeping them active and joyful throughout their golden years.

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We are experts in dog day care, we care about your dogs and take their health and well-being seriously. Our facility features a full size swimming pool for fun and exercise.

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About MaryMark

At BowWow Fun Towne, I enjoy catering to every dog and their every need. We don’t believe you can spoil your best friend too much—and our doggie daycare is the perfect place for spoiling. Connect with her on Google+
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