Basics of Dog Training – Dog Training Tips

Basics of Dog Training – Dog Training Tips

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 important as it helps you to understand his/her 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 into 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/her better but will also make your Dog calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.

Love Your Dog and He/She Will Love You back!

Once you’re successful 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 learned, 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 PhaseFinally, comes to 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 in 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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I hope you get some good training tips for your dog

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6 thoughts on “Basics of Dog Training – Dog Training Tips”

  1. “Spend quality time together” – I think this is the most important tip people need to learn with training a dog. It’s not all about what you can get from your dog’s behaviour, it’s about the shared time that makes all this training worthwhile.

    I figure the generalizing stage is the hardest, with so many distractions and new environments, would you agree Vicki?

    • Hi Kay
      I do agree and the more time we give our dogs and the more love we share the easier they learn
      My 2 girls are both very different in natures however they both respond well to kindness and they understand I am the Alpha in our pack 🙂 Always a bonus when teaching
      Thank you for your input- great sharing

  2. Hello Vicki,

    thank you for your lovely article and great info. Your dog training tips are really easy to follow and of great help.

    I find your golden rules to building a relationship with your dog especially important. These rules can be easily applied to any other relationship as well: spending quality time, mutual respect & understanding are base to build good relations with family, friends, etc.

    Thanks again,

    • Hi Vesna
      Yes, you are so right about building relationships and I really appreciate your input and I am glad you like this article
      Thank you and I hope you return to see whats going on here at Delight doggies 🙂

  3. Hi Vicki and thank you for your great article. I love the easy to follow steps and it seems that your approach is sensible and sensitive too.
    I love what you say “Never scold your Dog if he fails. It’s not his fault. You have failed as a trainer!” As an NLP trainer, we would echo that with people’s learning saying that we have not communicated properly unless our message actually gets through. Just saying or doing something whilst standing in front of someone (human or dog), does not constitute communication.
    If at first you don’t succeed, try again until you do. 🙂 And celebrate successes as you say too.

    • Hi Gail
      Thank you for the great feedback. It helps to know I’m on the right track
      NLP is fantastic and I wish you every success
      Kind wishes

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