October 18, 2009
Consider your life from your dog’s perspective, and be patient as you train her. She doesn’t understand the difference
between a stick and a wooden chair leg. She may think that it is her job to protect against intruders, even when the
“intruder” is a visiting relative. She may be genuinely excited when she sees another dog approaching, although she’s pulling
you off your feet. Think about how she might be seeing things and use the exercises to train her toward a better
way of reacting.
A good team leader encourages more than discourages. Aim for a 5:1 ratio—say GOOD DOG five times for each NO you say.
By focusing on good behavior, you make your dog feel good about herself, and she will cooperate more. Throughout this
You will use food and toys to motivate your dog early on, but never let these rewards take the place of praise,
both verbal and physical