We define training problems as your
dog’s inconsistent, or lack of response to basic
directions such as sit, down, come and stay. Your observations
may be that he only does it when he wants to, he knows
what the word means but he ignores you, or he has selective
Training problems also include dogs that jump on visitors,
dash out through open doors or gates if they have the opportunity,
or don’t walk nicely on a leash.
Your training attempts may have been unsuccessful for
a variety of reasons. First, you may not be consistent
with following through with your directions. If you tell
you dog to sit and he doesn’t, and you just forget
about it walk away, you’ve taught your dog that your
direction “sit” has no meaning.
If your dog will lie down in your living room, but not
at the park, he may not have yet have learned that “down” is
the same behavior no matter where he is when you give this
direction. Or he may be too excited or nervous to respond
to what you’re telling him to do. You can train your
dog to consistently do what you tell him, but it takes
time, practice, and perhaps assistance form a trainer who
really understands learning theory and dog behavior. Be
sure and read our recommendations for choosing a dog trainer
before you select someone to help you.
PRODUCTS FROM HELPING FIDO THAT
WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND, PREVENT AND RESOLVE TRAINING
If you really want to know how to train your Fido, then
you need to know how he learns. Get our 4 CD audio program “How
Fido Learns Best”, which is based on
our live telecourse. Your dog will be part of your family
for many years, and you will always need to be updating
his training, so you’ll get years of value from this program. Any
trainer you choose to help you should know the information
contained in this program. So even if you decide to hire
a trainer, this program will help you evaluate that person.
A fun way to train your dog is to use a clicker. If you
start “clicking and treating” your dog for
good behaviors, you will be amazed at how quickly the behaviors
you like occur more often. To get started right away, get
our Clicker Training
For Dogs Kit.
If part of your dog’s training problems involve
jumping on visitors or other out of control behaviors when
guests arrive, our “Managing
Chaos at the Door” audio
CD is just what you need. This program gives you
over 10 strategies to easily train your dog to sit quietly
or engage in behaviors you like rather than annoying your
Sometimes the simplest tools are the most effective.
You’ll be amazed at how much information we’ve
packed into two little booklets “76
Ways to Get Your Dog To Do What You Want” and “What
Dogs Need and How They Think”. Written from Fido’s
point of view if you followed all the tips in these booklets,
you’d have the best behaved dog on the planet!