Building a bond with your Dog is the first and the
most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you
bring your Dog home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving
relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.
are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are
more likely to respond better to their owners' training commands. Just
like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect
between you and your Dog.
Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from
defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with
firmness and fairness.
Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be
developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Dog
is almost impossible.
How Your Dog Learns...
Your Dog's learning period can be divided into five phases:
The Teaching Phase - This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Dog exactly what you want him to do.
The Practicing Phase - Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learned, practice with your Dog what you have just taught him.
The Generalizing Phase - Here you
must continue practicing with your Dog in different locations and in an
environment with a few distractions. You can take your Dog out for a
walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you've
Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations
and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain
lessons better .
The Testing Phase - Once you're sure
that your Dog has achieved almost 90% success....he responds correctly
almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his
accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.