The Basics of Dog Training

The Basics of Dog Training

It’s essential for Dog parents like you to know certain basic factors that determine your relationship with your Dog and can go a long way in training him effectively.

Before you begin training your Dog, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with him. This is important as it helps you to understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Dog to have complete trust in you.

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How To Bond With Your Dog

Building a bond with your Dog is the first and the most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you bring your Dog home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.

When Dogs are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners’ training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Dog.

Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.

Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Dog is almost impossible.

4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Dog :

  • Spend quality time together;
  • Take him out in the world and experience life together;
  • Establish and promote a level of mutual respect; and
  • Develop a way of communicating to understand each other’s needs.

Building a bond with your Dog will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Dog calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.

Love Your Dog and He Will Love You back

Once you’re succesful in building a bond with your Dog, you can rest assured that training him and teaching him new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.

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How Your Dog Learns…

Your Dog’s learning period can be divided into five phases:

The Teaching Phase – This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Dog exactly what you want him to do.

The Practicing Phase – Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learnt, practice with your Dog what you have just taught him.

The Generalizing Phase – Here you must continue practicing with your Dog in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Dog out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you’ve taught him.

Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better .

The Testing Phase – Once you’re sure that your Dog has achieved almost 90% success….he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.

Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.

The idea is to test your Dog to see how he responds in an environment which is new to him. Set-up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Dog.

There are only 2 possibilities:

  • Your Dog succeeds!!! (Trumpets please!)
  • In case your Dog fails, re-examine the situation. Review and/or change your training. Then try testing again.

Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps – patience, persistence, praise.

Internalizing Phase

Internalizing PhaseFinally, comes the extremely rewarding phase where your Dog does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.


  • Never scold your Dog if he fails. It’s not his fault. You have failed as a trainer!
  • You must be patient and persistent for your efforts to show rewards.
  • Appreciate and love your Dog when he does it right! A little encouragement will work wonders for your Dog.

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4 thoughts on “The Basics of Dog Training”

  • Absolutely agree with how you have explained this, We recently were given a pit/mastiff pup. Bringing her into our home is a feat in itself. My other dog is trying to show dominance, what is the best way to curb this? He is a dashound mix and always has been beside me. What are your suggestions?

    I love the part about trust and I will need this to train this new puppy.

    • Dogs by nature have a pack mentality, and they usually will decide amongst the pack who is the alpha. I have 3 dogs. My Beagle is an outside dog, and I have a chihuahua and a dachshund/chihuahua mix are inside dogs. When I introduced our chihuahua as a pup, we had to supervise their time together because my dachshund had never been around puppies. Even at just 8 weeks old, the chi had asserted herself as the alpha inside the house. However, when they go outside to play with the big dog, the chi surrenders to the Beagle, who becomes the alpha. They did it themselves without my intervention. I would supervise their time together and make sure the older dog is not getting aggressive, which is behavior you can correct. It may very well be that the puppy becomes the dominant one. Just watch them and make sure no one gets hurt and they will figure out their pack hierarchy all by themselves. Good luck with your new pup and thanks for visiting!

  • Hello, Fellow Dog Lover

    This is such a great website, I know I could have used this specialized training information when my babies, were babies!

    So many people have no clue how to train a puppy and lose patients. Most people think canines should understand what we say. LOL

    Eventually, they do. But mostly I still think they train us!

    A connection is key.

    I have 2 American Bulldog/ Beagle/black lab mix,


    Thanks for writing such an important blog,

    Gloria Darni

    • Thanks for reading Gloria! Proper training is so important – for the owner to know how to communicate and understand their pet. Your comments are appreciated! Thanks again and hope you will come back and visit us soon!

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