General Guidelines

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  • You must give every command in your normal voice.

        *No Yelling – exception made for emergencies only*

  • If you accidentally tell your dog “down” (or any other command) you must follow through.  It was your mistake, but if you don’t follow through your dog will think he/she doesn’t always have to listen to you.

  • While inside the house leave the leash on your dog, this way you can make quick corrections.

  • Always remember – you are not to do any training off-leash.  *You will need a regular 6ft leash or a long line*

  • Don’t spoil your dog with lots of treats – once in awhile is okay, but several in one day is not.

  • Your dog is not allowed to pull on the leash, paw at you or walk behind you when given a command.

  • Your dog does not need to be looking at you when giving commands; they will know that you are talking to them.

  • Always change your training exercise pattern (sit, stay, down, etc.).  Mix it up so that your pooch is not just memorizing commands, they are perfecting them.  This will help work out weaknesses.

  • If possible, train at different times of the day, different places in and out of the house, and especially with different types of distractions.

  • If you don’t work with your dog then you will not see results! Everyone’s success depends on you.

  • This is not an overnight process, be patient and consistent. Also be understanding that you may not see the results right away – you may just have a stubborn dog that believes he/she should not change anything they have been doing.

  • Don’t get lazy with the training technique.  You can't expect your dog to do the command correctly if you are not teaching or giving the command correctly.


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  • Your dog should eat after you (if you feed leftovers put them into your dog’s bowl – never feed your dog from the table.)  This is not due to dominance more for behavior modification and a well mannered companion during meals.

  • While you eat, your dog must lay down, be out of the room or be outside during the meal.

  • Feed your dog on a schedule – Twice a day is most common – Leave the food down for only 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Walk thru doors before your dog (including guests).  Again, this is for manners not for a true leadership role.

  • Be sure to win all games:

    • Tug-of-war (if your dog is stronger then you don’t play)

    • Staring (this is a dominance game)

    • Fetch (stop when you want not when your dog chooses)    

  • Dogs should not be on furniture unless invited – this also means, they can not get off the furniture until told to.

  • Rotate your dogs toys (make them think they are always new.)

  • If you are having a rough day don’t do any training with your dog.  It will only make your day worse and confuse them.

  • Work on touching all areas of your dog, including:

    • Opening mouth and looking at teeth

    • Under tail

    • Between toes

    • Inside ears

  • For BEST RESULTS train and play with your dog approximately 15 to 30 minutes each day.  Go for a run, teach them to use a treadmill or whatever you can do to tire them out and release their natural energy.

  • Your dog’s tags should NOT say the dog’s name or your name – it should say “has cancer, needs meds” or something similar.  Be sure to put your phone number AND a close friend or family member’s number just in case you don’t answer.

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