Posted on August 23 2015
1. Start training your dog when they are still puppies. Like humans, dogs can be easily trained while they are still young. But that doesn't mean you can't train a fully grown dog, although you'll have a hard time training them as they grow old.
2. Know when to leash. The rule of the thumb is to always put your dog on a leash. While there are places where your pet are permitted to not be on a leash, it is always a good dog etiquette to keep them on leash. This also helps your dog to be well-behaved and not be the target of other dogs.
3. Stay in dog areas. When at the park, keep the dogs on the playground meant for them. Keep them away from the kids area as it could hurt the kids on the playground. Also, children may not know how to properly approach a dog, which may cause trouble if your pet was startled by the children.
If that's not possible, find a place where your dog can play around without affecting everyone in the area.
4. How your dog responds to you at home will be the same behavior when he is outside. Does your dog treat you like a hired help? Does he demand your attention so much that you are annoyed by it? Does your dog ignore your commands? Does he annoy your visitors by jumping on them? If that is always the case, then you might need to train your dog before taking them outside.
5. One command at a time. When training for a command, make it only one at a time. One command should be equal to one response, then gently enforce it. Repeating the commands tunes your dog out at teaches them that the first several commands are a bluff. For instance, saying "Sit" 50 times in a row is not a good way to issue commands.
6. Avoid giving your dog commands that are incompatible. Combined commands will confuse your dog. Saying "sit" or "down" is better than is saying "sit-down".
7. When giving commands, do it in your normal voice. Even if your dog is unresponsive, your tone of voice should be calm and authoritative rather than harsh or loud. Have you followed commands from a loudmouth? Of course not!
8. To correct misbehavior, do not punish your dog. Communication is the key to disciplining your dog. If you hit your dog or whip them, it will associate a negative outlook on you and could affect your training with them in the future.
9. Don't spoil your dog. Show to them that what they did is wrong and reward them if they did something right. This will let them know what is right from what is wrong; thus they'll learn from their mistakes.
10. Don't train your dog when you are angry, grouchy or impatient. Earning your dog's respect is never accomplished by yelling or by hitting them. Moreover, a dog that is afraid will find it difficult to follow your commands as fear is the only thing they know when they see you.