17 Dog Training Tips

DogWorld editors advised these dog training tips back in 1949.

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1. DON’T punish your dog while you are angry or lack control of yourself.

2. DON’T punish your dog with the lead or any instrument of training or anything he should associate with duty or pleasure.

3. DON’T sneak up on your dog, grab him from the rear, surprise him or reach for him quickly.

4. DON’T chase your dog to catch him; he must come to you or follow after you.

5. DON’T coax your dog to you and then turn upon him with punishment. You will regret the deception.

6. Don’t trick, fool or taunt your dog. It is cruel and inconsistent to tease your dog to come to you when he can not.

7. DON’T punish a dog by stepping on his paws needlessly. They are exceedingly sensitive. Don’t twist his ears playfully or otherwise. Never strike him on the backbone, in the face or on the ears.

8. DON’T nag your dog; don’t be giving orders to him constantly; don’t pester him with your shoutings.

9. DON’T praise a dog for doing a certain act, then at a later time, scold him for doing the same act. Consistency on your part is a chief virtue in dog training.

10. DON’T train your dog within an hour after he has eaten.

11. DON’T ever lose patience with a puppy younger than six months and seldom with a dog older.

12. DON’T throw or kick a puppy nor lift him by the head or leg or skin of the neck.

13. DON’T work your dog without some short rest or play periods during training. A five-minute rest for every twenty minutes of training is desirable, and feats requiring strength and endurance are for a dog older than six months.

14. DON’T permit everyone and anyone to give commands to your dog. While you are training him, he must be a one-man dog, depending on you to feed him and care for him.

15. DON’T consider tricks the chief object of training. Usefulness is the object sought in all instruction of the dog. Acts that spring naturally from the dog’s instinct are to be fostered.

16. DON’T expect your dog to be a wonderful dog after a few weeks of training; four months to a year may be necessary in order to make the master proud of him, but the work is worth the effort. Training never ends.

17. DON’T jump to the conclusion that your dog is dumb. He may differ with you, believing the trainer should know more than the dog.

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, October 1949, Vol. 34. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

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