Training and Discipline
Training and discipline are among the most important building blocks of a healthy and loving relationship between dogs and their pet parents. Dogs, like humans, aren't born knowing how to properly interact with humans or respect a home environment. Just like a young child must be taught right from wrong, you must provide the guidance necessary to ensure your pet is safe and respectful. Doing so successfully will not always be easy. It will require dedication, patience and lots of love.

How The Copeland Family Trains & Disciplines Colin

COLIN:
Watch how the Copeland family uses positive rewards and exercise as tools in Colin's ongoing training.



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How The Flippo Family Trains & Disciplines Chance

CHANCE:
Training and discipline are important in helping any dog understand the rules of the house. See how the Flippo family is using positive reinforcement to help Chance adjust to life in his new home.

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How The Etheredge Family Trains & Disciplines Freddy

FREDDY:
Teaching your dog to sit can be simple with the right technique and rewards. Watch as Freddy learns this basic command from the professional dog trainer the Etheredge family is working with in Palm Beach County.

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Dog Training & Discipline Tips

REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR
Dog training is about rewarding good behavior while deterring bad behavior. When a dog performs a desired action (e.g. sitting when asked to do so), he must be rewarded. Try giving your dog a high reward treat immediately after it follows a command, as this behavior will become synonymous with a positive action. Praising them with an emphatic "Good boy/girl!" is also a simple reward that'll strengthen your bond as your dog learns right from wrong.

CONSISTENCY IS EVERYTHING
Nothing confuses dogs more than sending mixed signals. Make sure everyone in the household is on the same page as to what your pooch is permitted to do. If he's not allowed to jump on the bed, all family members must have the same reaction when he does so. If one person uses the word "stop" and another uses the word "down", your dog may take longer to understand your disapproval.

PRACTICE PATIENCE
Don't expect your dog to immediately respond to all your orders. Dogs are creatures of habit. It takes time for things to really sink in. It's only with repetition, consistency, and patience that your rules will slowly become their daily habits. Try dedicating a certain portion of your day to teaching your dog different commands even if your initial sessions produce little results. Your patience will be rewarded the day your dog sits or returns to you when called.

ADAPT YOUR TRAINING METHODS
All dogs are different. Some are easy-going and attentive while others are stubborn and difficult. If something isn't working, don't be afraid to adapt. Pay close attention to your dog's behavior and adjust your training accordingly. If you notice that raising your voice only gets your dog more excited, perhaps a time-out is a more effective way of associating disapproval with a certain behavior.

MAKE ROOM FOR A DOGGIE SPACE
Before welcoming your new dog in his forever home, make sure you've determined which space you'd like him to inhabit. Set clear boundaries and provide your dog with its own personal area. A crate is an ideal tool for offering your dog a place where they can feel safe and comfortable.

A TIRED DOG IS A WELL-BEHAVED DOG
Dogs have an overabundance of energy. And when they start running and jumping all over the place you may have a really hard time getting them to pay attention. Our recommendation? Exercise. A long walk or healthy jog with your furry friend will tire him out and make him that much more attentive. Exercise can also be a great time to work with your dog on recall and other crucial commands.

WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK FOR HELP
Whether you're first-time pet parents or experienced owners facing unique challenges, dog training can be difficult to manage. Don't get discouraged! If you find yourself overwhelmed, don't hesitate to consult professionals. Trusted organizations such as The Association of Pet Dog Trainers or The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors will help you find expert dog trainers in your area. Whether you're just looking for a beginner's class or more advanced training, a few sessions can go a long way to improving your dog's behavior.