Five Easy Dog Training Tips for Children

>> 1/21/09

Did you know that children are usually better than adults at dog training? Perhaps it is because children have one trait that adults often lack when it comes to dog training.

Children have patience. And, they think pet training fun. Dogs usually respond to even the playful commands of a child, but stricter commands are even more successful.

Dogs understand gestures well, therefore, by learning a few hand/body and voice commands your children can easily train them. Here are some pointers for children who want to train their dog.

1. Focus on Visual Signals: Dogs usually respond to voices of adults. Since children are the trainer this time, dogs may not understand the command from tiny voices. Children should learn how to use their hands to signal a command to the dogs.

2. Limit Training to 15 Minutes At a Time: Dogs are very bright, but their attention spans are pretty limited. Training sessions should not exceed fifteen minutes.

3. Establishing dominance: To train a dog to submit trainers should get down on their hands and knees and kneel over them. Initially your dog may struggle or turn his head in defiance. But, if the trainer remains firm, the dog will ultimately submit.

4. Focus on One Command at a Time: Get the dog’s attention by using a hand gesture and voice command at the simultaneously. For example, if teaching a dog to sit, say, “sit!” while pressing on his backside until he sits. Once he has learned that command, your child can teach him another one.

5. Praise, Love and Treats: When your dog has done what you’ve asked of him, say, “Good Boy!” and pet him. By lavishing him with praise, your dog will learn to follow commands to please his trainer.

You’ll have to help your child learn to apply these suggestions, but once you do, the results will be impressive.

About the Author: Donald Bulger has taught his children to train their two family pets, a Poodle, and a Labrador Retriever. Donald and his wife are interested in, and frequently write about, online colleges and accelerated online degree programs for working professionals.

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Jane June 16, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

Children have (some) patience (sometimes) but that doesn't make them better trainers. Children have difficulty being "dominant" with the dogs. They want to be "nice" to the animals. They speak sweetly, not sternly. They will try to lower their voices, not make them firm. Their dogs are their friends. Just like children don't understand that rules need to be consistent, they don't understand that the rules for dogs need to also be consistent. A silly example is the dog (not) jumping up on the sofa: Try explaining that that, from the dog's point of view, means no jumping up on the beds, either(or visa versa). Maybe boys are different from girls but in my experience children do not make good dog trainers and need adults to do that "dirty" work.


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