TRAINING: THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS
by Hedley Millington
Follow these golden rules of training a young dog and you won’t go far wrong.
- It is only impossible until you do it.
- Never overdo a lesson and bore the puppy.
- Always make your puppy succeed, even if you have to go back to a lesson.
- A happy pup will always want to learn more.
- Combine your lessons with something your puppy enjoys, such as taking a walk or playing in the yard.
- Never move on to the next lesson until you have perfected the previous one.
- Always be consistent with the pup.
- Five minutes a day, five days a week, for four months, this will save a ten-year mistake.
- Repetition, repetition, repetition.
- Always firm, always fair.
- Never ever lose your temper.
- Playtime is as important as training time.
- All training should be kept short and sweet.
- Make haste slowly.
- Start small and work your way up to greater things.
- It will work if you practice and give it time.
- Always end training sessions on a good note.
- Keep distractions to a minimum in early stages of training.
- All commands are soft and reassuring in early stages, never shouted.
- Never pressure your pup into learning too fast, take each step as it comes.
- Success is learnt, not born and bred.
- 90% trainer, 10% dog.
- Success = confidence.
- Confidence = greater success.