Here are our professional trainers giving you some helpful tips.
Training Tip #1 – Positive Reinforcement
We prefer to use positive reinforcement when we train our dogs. Rewarding desired behavior will yield the best results. Get to know your dog – what they like and dislike before you plan your training routine. Reward your dog for exhibiting the behavior you desire. We use the “Clicker” method. When your dog exhibits the desired behavior, you click the device and give a treat. It is important to click and treat as quickly as possible after the behavior – so the dog understands why they are being rewarded. After the dog learns the established behavior, you need to remove the treat – because you don’t want them to only do what you want if they know there is a food treat involved. Replace the food treat with a lot of love and affection – and a hearty “Good Dog” (or Kelev-Tov if your dog understands Hebrew)!
By the way – the word for dog in Hebrew is Kel-Lev. If you translate it – it means “Full of Heart.”
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Training Tip #2 – Correct body handling
The position you take with your dog is very important. Many dogs feel intimidated when you hover over top of them. Keep a good posture beside your dog, and pet them on their inner side. This will give the dog more confidence in you as a partner and friend. It is important for your relationship to treat your dog with love and kindness, and be in tune with their feelings. Dogs have good days and bad days, and can also be moody at times. Keep in mind that they are a living thing, and not a machine. Being positive and treating them kindly will yield great results.
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Training Tip #3 – Teach your dog to relieve themselves on command – or the proper way to establish a leash relieving routine (toilet training)
If you are toilet training a new-born puppy, be sure to say “busy-busy” every time he/she relieves themselves. It does not matter if your puppy is urinating or defecating, say “busy-busy” every time. Eventually, the puppy will associate the sound “busy-busy” with relieving itself.
It is also important to have a consistent routine. Learn your dog’s cycle, and take them out regularly based on their food and water intake. Take your dog to the relief area, and say “busy-busy.” This will keep your dog comfortable and minimize your frustration
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Training Tip #4 – Walking with your dog
The best way to establish a great relationship with your dog is to spend time together. A daily walk is an excellent way to give your dog exercise and to also create a very special bond. This is also a wonderful opportunity for you to unplug and relieve a little stress from your life. Pay attention to your dog. Don’t allow them to eat scraps from the ground. Many times we see people looking at their phone, or reading a magazine while dragging their dog by the leash. Take a few minutes to enjoy being outdoors with your dog, and take pleasure in your time together!
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Training Tip #5 – When dogs meet – Controlling the situation
How to introduce your dog to a new dog: When two dogs meet – it is important for you to control the situation – and keep both dogs on a leash. Dogs are territorial and have a strong sense of boundaries. This tip is especially important when you want to bring a new dog to your house. If a new dog is coming for a visit, it is best to take the dogs out of the house to meet in a neutral area outside. Only after you see that the two dogs get along and accept each other, can you remove the leashes and let them play.