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Learn to communicate with your dog.
Be clear and consistent in the rules you want your dog to follow and make sure everyone in the home follows those same rules.
That means allowing your dog to learn and grow at a pace that’s comfortable and successful and taking your time to advance to tougher behaviors.
Reward your dog’s successes.
Because dogs generally repeat actions that are successful for them, reward-based training is a proven method for teaching the behavior you expect and desire of your dog.
Just be sure your rewards are given in response to good behavior and not used as a bribe to elicit the behavior you want.
Because dogs don’t generalize well, it’s important to have training sessions in a variety of different environments.
One of the most important things to remember when training your dog is to keep it fun!
Make sure you’re having fun, too!
A happy dog that’s having fun will not only learn faster, but will look forward to your next training session together, too.