Introduction to Dog Training Basics


Dog toys are not just for play or boredom busters for dogs, training your dog with dog toys is an effective and fun way to train your dog.

Dog Training Takes Patience and A lot of It

Affective dog training requires the dog trainer to have a lot of patience and the time to commit to training the dog correctly. You must refrain from getting loud, angry, or abusive with the dog when training him. You have to remember that this is all new to him. If your patience is running thin; walk away and try the dog training later.

If you strike your dog or yell at him, you will only further delay his ability to learn the commands you want him to know. Your dogs reaction to your hostility may even hinder him from learning any commands or tricks at all. So, be patient and loving when training your dog.

Common Dog Training

One of the most common ways to train a dog with a dog toy is fetch. Using a basic tennis ball, or smaller ball depending on the size of the dog; is not only fun for you buy can also be fun for the dog.

First, you want to teach the dog to release the ball. This may take a load of patience and persistence, but you know, persistence always pays off. Pull the ball out of the dogs mouth while saying “drop”. If you repeatedly teach your dog that “drop” means the ball is no longer in his mouth, the more likely he will catch on to this trick and be more receptive of the other tricks you will be teaching him.

Rewarding Your Dog Properly for Following Dog Training Commands

It is always important to reward your dog anytime he follows a command properly, or even if he only halfway follows the command. You have to remember that your dog is attempting to do things he has never done before. So, during the initial stages of dog training, be more liberal with the rewards.

What Should I Reward My Dog with for Good Behavior?

This is a tricky question and sometimes controversial. Some swear by rewarding the dog training success with treats such as a bone or piece of kibble. This often works well for some dogs and dog owners but other dog trainers may frown upon this method of rewards during dog training.

Another dog training reward method is with positive reinforcement. Most professional dog trainers use this method. Positive dog training includes giving your dog each time he completes a dog training obstacle. If you are just now teaching him these tricks you will have better results if you give him praise for even attempting to do the trick or for at least giving you attention during the dog training process.

Rewarding Good Behaviour Once the Dog is Fully Trained

Eventually, you will have to wean the dog off of expecting a treat or excessive praise and positive reinforcement each time he does as he is told. One day your dog will be fully trained and you will not have to reward him for each command followed or trick pulled off. That does not mean you shouldn’t keep giving treats or praise at all; just not as often. You want the dog training you and the dog went through to feel like second nature for the dog.