Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New Ebook
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
10 Principles of Australian Shepherd Training
This book is packed with specific techniques you can apply to start improving your dog's behavior straight away. But it helps if you understand some of the ideas and principles behind these techniques. This means you'll have a good idea of what to do in any situation you encounter – when you understand these training principles, you can adapt to new situations and behaviors as they happen.
1. You must speak your dog's language first.
Training is about communication. It's about creating a common language that you can use to communicate to your dog with. This is done through signs and voice commands. However, you have to keep in mind that when you start out, your dog has no idea what you're trying to communicate. That's why it's important for you to learn how your dog thinks and what her behavior and body language says about her thoughts and feelings. Dog body language is covered thoroughly later in this chapter.
When you start training, you have to communicate to your dog with what she already knows. Imagine you're trying to teach English to a French person who can't understand a word you're saying. How would you do it? You start with the basics – teach the alphabet, draw some pictures. The same applies to dog training. Don't just say "Sit" and expect your dog to magically sit. Until you teach your dog what "Sit" means, you won't get a result.
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