Find out what motivates your pet before you begin training – it could be food or a favourite toy. If you understand what motivates them you will be more successful in keeping their attention during your training session. The Mikki Deluxe Treat Bag will keep your choice of treats together and easy to access whilst training your pet. It will also protect your clothing from smells or staining from the treats and allow you to always have rewards easily available when your pet does something you really like and want to encourage.
Reward based training methods are easy to fit into your daily routine and will help to build up your pet’s confidence, even if he is new to your home. The key to good training is to reward the behaviours you would like to encourage and to try to prevent the behaviours you dislike. The Mikki Basic Command Kit provides you with training tips and tools to achieve this.
If your pet is not used to training then you will have to begin with very short sessions, perhaps just two to three minutes each. This will allow him to discover the enjoyment of training whilst preventing him from becoming confused, bored or frustrated. It is often more realistic to fit in several short training sessions each day than to try to commit to a long lesson which is harder to arrange around work, children or other pets.
Play with your pet – this helps build the ever important bond and help you both enjoy spending time together. Some adult pets will have limited experience of play and won’t immediately understand that you are trying to play with them. You should spend time getting to know your pet and building his confidence in being around you first.
A pet that is spoiled and offered treats or scraps without having to actually ‘do’ anything first will be less inclined to try to earn the extra rewards you offer for training purposes. Maximise your training potential by using all treats just for rewarding good behaviour. Think of the food rewards as his wages; when he works hard, he gets extra payment!
If you are fitting a new product – be it a muzzle, car harness or something that feels new and different, take your time and introduce it slowly. Encourage your pet to play with his toys, chew on a treat or interact with you whilst he is wearing the new product or he may be tempted to chew or try to remove it. Gradually build up the amount of time he wears it until he is comfortable enough for you to begin the next steps of training.
All dogs need to be kept restrained on a lead in busy places – make sure you choose a lead that is both the right length for you and your dog as well as comfortable for you to use. If your dog pulls, try using a Mikki Walk-Ease Headcollar or Anti-Pull Harness.
If your dog likes to run off and doesn’t listen to your calls for him to return, attach a Recall Lead and use it to gently to encourage him to return. Recall Training Leadscan also help retrain unwanted behaviours such as jumping up or rushing to the front door when the door bell rings. A Mikki Clikka is also a great tool for using reward based training techniques to focus your dog’s attention.
Be responsible when walking your dog. If you know he is prone to chasing cyclists or dislikes other dogs, use a lead and a muzzle to prevent unwanted upsets arising. Mikki Muzzles allow your dog to pant and accept treats, however, make sure you use them responsibly and not during strenuous exercise.
Include hand movements into your training regime. They clarify your commands while allowing you to signal to your dog without saying a word. This is a very impressive skill to have.
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