Do's and Don'ts
1. Be patient in training your dog and practice daily rain or shine.
2. Have your dog relieve itself before attempting to train him/her. Clean up if your dog has messed.
3. Practice self control. For without it you would most likely keep punishing instead of correcting your dog's errors.
4. Execute corrections immediately and attempt to keep recurrences of handler errors to a minimum.
5. Command using your voice only once for each action. Use simple words in commanding your dog.
6. Keep your dog happy; let your dog know by praising him that he/she has correctly performed the exercise.
7. Be very consistent with your moves as the dog will be monitoring you with his eyes to execute some of his actions.
8. Be a careful listener and avoid being tardy for class.
9. Train your dog in unfamiliar areas, to build up his confidence so that he will become used to working for you not only at home but also away fromhome..
10. Wear tennis shoes or sneakers and not slippers. The slapping sound of the slipper may result in your dog using this sound as a cue to move with you and sit following its absence. This type of training is unacceptable.
11. For the ladies, wear slacks or shorts. Give your dog a plain view of all of your hip and leg motions.
12. Meet problems encountered head on; analyze them from all angles and find solutions for them.
13. Know how much correction and praise to apply. The degree of application varies among dogs.
14. Use a normal tone of voice in giving commands. Use a chastising type of voice for punishment and a happy, praising type of voice when the dog is doing well.
15. Be a good student. If you cannot bring your dog to class because of health or other reasons, come yourself and observe the class so that you do not miss an entire lesson.
16. Test your dog continuously to see how much he has learned. If additional training is required for proper performance, it can be accomplished before advancing to something else.
17. Practice your timing in the use of the leash, voice command and signal where appropriate.
18. Use the training collar as an instrument for the purpose in training, exercising and showing your dog. Remove all dog tags, ornaments, etc. from the training collar and also any flea collars.
19. Keep your dog's mind properly occupied while training, for an idle mind would only lead to an idle dog.
20. Keep your dog physically healthy. Keep your dog free from fleas and ticks.
21. Purchase slip or training collar that fits properly; one that is neither too long nor too short, and a 6 foot leather leash of adequate width.
22. Send for the Obedience Regulations from the
1. Don't work your dog off leash until he is ready.
2. Don't overwork or overcorrect your dog.
3. Don't expect your dog to learn an exercise as fast as you, he's a dog, not a human being; therefore be considerate and patient.
4. Don't train your dog on hot asphalt or concrete surfaces. Rather, train him on a cool surface. How would you like to sit on a hot surface with a bare bottom.?
5. Don't feed your dog immediately before training, but feed him afterwards.
6. Don't use a choke collar as a substitute for a leather collar when keeping your dog restrained and unattended. The choke collar is an excellent tool for training your dog but if used improperly, it could also be a deadly weapon.
Copyright (C) 2005 by Arts Obedience, Kaneohe, Hawaii