I think animals should be treated with kindness and lots of love. There’s no reason to yell at a dog in order to teach it how to obey commands. There are plenty of training techniques available and they have been tested with all breeds of dog. Here are 8 tips on training your dog the right way, without using excessive force or being mean.
8. Use clicker training
I remember how skeptical I was of these little gadgets when I first heard about them. I thought my dog wouldn’t respond to a clicking sound any more than he would my verbal commands. I was wrong. I was able to use the clicker method to train my rambunctious lab and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome!
7. Purchase a radio collar that uses smells instead of shocks
I’ve personally never seen these in action, but have read a lot of testimonies by people who have used them for training even the most stubborn dog. These collars emit a spray of noxious odor whenever you press the button on the remote control. They are used in the same manner that the clickers are. The command is given first and if it isn’t obeyed, then the button on the remote is pushed to release the scent. Dogs have very sensitive noses. The scent is supposedly citrusy and very irritating to dogs.
6. Offer tasty treats when a command is obeyed
This method is the one I used in the beginning when training my malamute various commands. She’s perfectly content to follow commands now without being given a treat. Most dogs respond very well to food. I always made sure to have treats in my pocket when I’d take Annika for a walk, just in case she decided to wander off. I’d give her a treat whenever she’d come back to me, so she never went very far.