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These are simple tips to help you get the most out of your training sessions with your dog.

* When working your dog be patient, positive and fair. Obedience training should be fun for both you and your dog.

* If you are stressed, tired or just in a bad mood do not train the dog!

* Corrections should be given in a fair manner, quick and firm enough to get the dog into position. Do not over correct the dog.

* Use praise and plenty of it!! Always praise after every correction as the dog should be in the right position after the correction has been given.

* Always end on a positive note, if the dog is not working well then use a command the dog knows well and end on that. Do not end with a correction.

* Train at least 15 minutes a day. Obedience needs to be practiced on a daily basis to maintain the proficiency of the dog. The more often you practice the better the dog will obey you.

* Never repeat a command! Give the dog the command once. If the dog obeys, praise. If the dog ignores your command or breaks position then use a leash correction and the word NO or PHOOEY as you correct the dog back into position. Praise once the dog is in position.

* Use your dog’s obedience skills in every day situations. Do not get in the habit of only having the dog obey when practicing. If you give the dog a command in the house or yard be ready to enforce it should the dog disobey. It only takes 3 times of doing a behavior to set that behavior good or bad. If the dog knows that it only has to listen when the leash is on then you will be creating a problem.

* Do not give a command you cannot enforce. If the dog is loose and you are unsure if the dog will obey your command DO NOT GIVE THE COMMAND! Testing your dog to see if he will listen without the lead is tempting fate. Your dog must be trained to obey at a distance before you should remove the lead.

* Always work a command on leash until the dog will obey you even in the face of heavy distractions. Come up with as many distractions as you can during your on leash training sessions. The more distractions you work the dog around the better the dog will obey you in the future. The types of distractions you use are only limited to your imagination.

* Never rush into off leash work. You will ruin hours of training if you take the lead off too soon. Be patient and work through distraction while on lead to build accuracy. When your dog is working at 98-100% accuracy on the 6 foot lead, long line and light line then you can consider removing the lead.

* Remember to use your RELEASE command to end an exercise or training session. Do not let the dog release himself from command or consider praise as a release. If during praise your dog moves from position stop praise, correct for position then continue praise.

* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN WHILE TRAINING. YOU GET OUT OF TRAINING WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. “IF YOU DON’T TRAIN UM, DON’T BLAME UM”.
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