Top 10 Tips on How to Train Your Dog

It is commonly known that Vancouver is a dog friendly city. Here are some tips about how to train your dog and live comfortably in this urban jungle we call home.

You can simply implement new boundaries and start to see behaviours that you like, occuring more often – by being aware of how you and your dog co-exist.

Here are the top 10 tips about how to train your dog.

Be Confident

Whenever you ask your dog to do something, do so with conviction. It really is much easier getting your dog to comply when you are calm.

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Be Patient

When you are patient, your puppy is more likely to respond to you. Try to avoid getting disappointed when training. You may do so by giving them a more exaggerated cue, making a few steps forwards or back, or getting rid of distractions.

Be Consistent

Try to be consistent with everything so your dog does not get confused. Coach close friends and family on guidelines around your dog to prevent blended signals and opportunities for your dog to pick up bad habits!

Set Realistic Expectations

Practice skills in easy environments such as your home, while you’re carpet cleaning, then progress to public places like sidewalks, and finally buffer these skills by adding small distractions incrementally.

Understand Your Dog

Dogs learn mainly through association and consequence. However, they also spend a lot of time reading our body language! Being aware of how you carry yourself and what you indirectly teach your dog most definitely impacts the success of your dog’s training.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Set aside 30 seconds to 5 minutes to practice setting limitations, practicing manners and polishing up on obedience skills. This takes time and requires awareness! Ask them to do something before giving any treat rewards!

Use all of these techniques and include each of them within your day to day program. You will be pleasantly surprised what you can accomplish with awareness and small practice sessions each day.

How to Build a Successful Dog Walking Business

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My Top Tips for Building a Successful Dog Walking business:

  1. Offer discounts for signing up.
  2. Try to get regular customers!
  3. Emphasize word of mouth referrals. One of my clients, Fred from electricianbellingham.com, referred me to one of his clients, Bella, from Nixed Hair Salon.
  4. Join a forum for advice on the business. I like the petsitting forum from Reddit for this purpose.

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Before I started my Dog Walking business…

I watched this Youtube video which was very useful.

 

If you want some tips on dog walking, I recommend this dog walking app, very useful!

 

That’s it for now, catch up with you all later!