So before you begin to tell give your dog all types of commands such as, "Sit, Stay, Get my Shoe or Tell me the winning lottery numbers," you must know your dog breeds temperament and by owning the dog, you may know a little more about the personality your dog has taken on. Remember, dog breeds may have the same temperament, but different personalities. So after you sit down and figure out your dog, what he can and cannot do, your next phase in training your dog is to:
1. Plan the methods to be used in Training
How will you decide to give commands to your dog? What are the mediums you plan to use? Will you be training the dog yourself, or will you hire a professional trainer. As much as i love to see the work of professional dog trainers, there is no more fulfilling reward than to train your dog yourself and see those great results when your dog responds to commands from your own voice. Training your dog also helps create an even tighter bond with the animal. But despite whosoever is doing the training, different training methods may be applied such as video training, regular voice and action training.
2. Plan the Different Phases of Training
Some dog owners do not realize that not because your dog is highly intelligent means you can come right off the bat and go tell your dog to take a buck from your wallet and go buy a bar of chocolate, unwrap it and place it on the table. Your dog may be just as confused as i am. You have to start with some basic and manageable commands in the first initial stages. Start with basic but needed commands such as; stop, come, sit, stay, lie down. Once you believe that your dog has mastered these basic commands then you can move your pet over to learning much more complex commands. Some of these include, fetch, jump,quiet, don't move, attack, etc.
3. Provide Positive Reinforcement
Dogs have rational thought processes. Dogs have emotions. Dogs also have a conscience. Dogs learn to love. Dogs have language skills and can understand about five hundred human concepts with words. None of these things are in a puppy when you get them, they are learned behaviors. If you find that your dog has done well and responds beautifully to training, at each level you can give your pet some treat to let him feel good about himself and his achievement. The dog will definitely want to learn more just to be pampered. A dog can learn so many things you'd be surprised. If you simply teach it what it needs to know to function well in a human world, it would knock your socks off.