Preparing for Training

It’s no secret that dog and puppy training can be lots of hard work. That shouldn’t be discouraging,. Think of it as setting the scene for a mutually beneficial relationship. You should consider the following five traits to be the most important to ensure a smooth journey into your world of dog training.

    • Confidence
    • Attitude
    • Commitment
    • Effort
    • Patience

The more you are able to demonstrate these traits, the more enjoyable and productive your training will be.


Training your dog can feel intimidating, especially the first time with your first dog.

If you are not confident when training your dog, he will be able to pick up on your sense of uncertainty.

If you don’t have confidence in yourself, why should he have confidence in you?

When you are confident with your training, your dog will respect you as a leader and will learn his lessons much faster.


The success of your dog training will also be determined by your attitude. You may be frustrated with your dog because of his destructive or disobedient nature, but if your dog feels any from you negativity, the training will be unsuccessful.

If you go into the training with a positive and energetic attitude, your dog will pick up on this and reciprocate it back to you! Just remember, attitude is the one thing you can control in an uncontrollable situation.

So if you’ve had a bad day at work and came home to a mess, don’t release your anger during your dog’s training. Instead, adopt a positive attitude and both you and your dog can enjoy the training experience.


Training your dog is a big and emotional commitment. If you are really busy at work, putting in a lot of hours, you may be too tired at the end of the day to commit to training when you get home. It is much better to wait until you have the time and energy to devote to ongoing training.

Once you decide you are ready to start training your dog, make a firm commitment with yourself that you will stick to it. Your training will only be effective if you set aside the time to do it.


Once you have made the time commitment to train your dog, you need to give it your best effort. Training should never be half-hearted, always give it your whole-hearted attention.

Basically remember: the less effort you put into the training, the less progress you will see. The more effort you put into training your dog, the more responsive he will be to it and the more progress you will see.


Patience. Patience. Patience. You will need a lot of it as you train your dog! There will be times when your dog would rather play than train. OR he may be distracted by other activities going on around the house.

But by practicing patience you will come to see the funny side of your dog’s little idiosyncrasies!


It is worth noting that these five traits are not only important for you to exhibit, but they are important traits for anyone who is contributing to your dog’s training.

Essentially, your whole family has welcomed your dog into the home, so it is up to everyone to be in agreement about the training goals, the training practices, and the training outcomes. When you do this, your family will be uniting with each other and increasing the quality of life for everyone-including your dog!


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