Listed below are some of our top dog training tips. For a more detailed explanation of the points listed below, or for further information on training, please contact us and we can direct you to what class or lesson is best for you and your dog. Check out our resources page for links to lots of great additional information.

  • Your dog does not speak English (or any other language, for that matter.) It is unrealistic to expect our dogs to understand what we are saying until we have taught them what our words mean. You need to establish a behaviour before you name the behaviour

  • Learn to “listen” to what your dog is telling you. Dogs communicate so much to us through their body language, and the more we understand this, the better suited we are to create a happy, confident and well-balanced dog

  • Dogs do what works; what is reinforcing and gets them what they want. If something is not reinforcing, they will stop doing it. A good example is jumping: Puppies jump to get your attention, so if they get it, even if you are just yelling “Off!” at them, they will keep jumping. If you ignore your puppy when he is jumping, he will eventually stop because it is not getting him what he wants

  • Dogs are creatures of habit, so the more they practice a behaviour, whether we see the behaviour as being positive or negative, the more they will continue to do so

  • Reward behaviour you like. The more you reward a behaviour, the more likely it is that your dog will repeat said behaviour

  • As best as you can, ignore or manage behaviour you don’t like. If you can remove any potential reward from a behaviour, your dog will eventually stop doing it. Crates, gates, leashes and other management tools can be used to prevent your dog from practicing unwanted behaviour

  • Be consistent. If you are not consistent with your criteria and training cues, your dog will become confused and will not perform as you want him to

  • Practice. Dogs don’t generalize behaviours, items and situations the same way that we do. We must practice even the most basic behaviours in a variety of environments and situations to effectively “teach” them