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Small Dog Training Techniques

Jun 19, 2008
One of the most effective dog training techniques smaller dogs is reward training. Because choke collars and other aggressive forms of training are ineffective with small breeds like Poodles, Pugs and the Pomeranian due to their small physical stature, reward training has been commonly used as an alternative.

Reward training is used for many purposes. Along with police and military work, this training teaches dogs to perform all kinds of actions and is even used to train dogs for films and advertisements. And, of course, it works just as well on your pet for basic obedience.

It's pretty clear from the name that this type of training is based on giving some kind of a reward as a response for obedient behavior. However, the reward doesn't have to be an actual thing even a pat or or a "good boy" can make your dog feel special.

Your dog can learn to do practically anything using these dog training techniques. Just remember to stay within the prescribed guidelines when training your dog towards the desired result, and to give him his reward as soon as he has done the job right.

If you would like to teach your dog to sit, you may try holding a treat above his head and then pushing it back further until the dog chooses to sit. When he does this, say the command "sit." When he actually does sit, you can praise him and give him the treat. The dog will soon relate the sitting action with the word "sit" and the yummy reward!

If you want to train your dog without the use of voice commands, then you can take advantage of the reward training method known as clicker training. With this method, a clicker is used (usually along with hand signals) to communicate the desired task to the dog. Just like with a voice command, once the dog performs the task he is rewarded with the treat. Over time, the clicker is all that will be necessary for the dog to respond.

If you have patience and energy, you can train your dog to perform difficult tricks and tasks by using reward training, a technique that is often used in the field of entertainment. One thing that works well is to get the dog to perform the action naturally. As soon as the dog succeeds at the task, his success is reinforced with a reward.

Using dog training techniques that are rewards based can be a great way to train and bond with your small dog without having to resort to harsh actions that can injure your pet. This way you can be assured that your training time will be enjoyable for both you and your pet.
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