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How to begin dog training

A puppy can begin training at an early age. It is important to follow a progressive plan to get the most out of your training sessions. Each training session should build on the one before it. Remember: a good education means good behavior.

A training session should not last more than 15 minutes. (And remember that a puppy’s attention span is even shorter than that of an older dog’s.) In order to hold your dog’s interest, begin with something easy, and reward her every time she succeeds. Once the dog understands what you want from her, you can progressively reduce the frequency of the rewards. Eventually, the dog should execute between 10 and 20 commands before getting a treat.

Moving on to another exercise implies that the dog has mastered the one you’ve just done. When you think your dog is ready to learn a new command, always make him remember the previous training exercise. It is important to reinforce what your dog already knows. You can do this by dedicating about 30% of each training session to commands your dog has already mastered and 70% to new exercises.

Here is what a training session should look like:

  • 2-3 minutes of education
  • 2-3 minutes of games and exercises
  • 2-3 minutes of education
  • 2-3 minutes of games and exercises

Usually, dogs understand and master basic commands in very little time. After all, all they want is to make their master happy and proud. And to achieve that, they need to respect your commands!

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