Dog Training Tip: Don’t Repeat Commands

June 5, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

We want to give the dog commands. “Sit” is a command. “Sit” repeated three or more times is a negotiation.

This applies to that point when your dog is starting to understand a specific command and you have begun working on speed, consistency, and duration. If your dog has even a vague understanding of a specific command, don’t repeat the command. Say it once. If your dog does not perform the action in two seconds, give your dog your negative reaction for doing it wrong. The negative reaction is usually a look of disappointment and unceremoniously directing your dog to do the action by tugging on the collar.

If your dog gets it wrong a few times, that means your positive reaction has to be that much more animated when he/she gets it right. As always, set your dog up for success in training, and try to end on a positive note.

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