Do you know how to train your dog?

How to train your dog is not as easy as you think. Not everyone knows how to train a dog. Let’s face it… nobody wants to raise a dog who develops lots of behavior problems; who can’t be trusted around children, or is so hyperactive you have to lock him up whenever guests come over.

Watch your dog’s facial expression for more clues on how she’s feeling. You might even catch her smiling — pulling the corners of her mouth back to show the teeth. Don’t confuse this look with the snarl, a raised upper lip and bared teeth. A snarl is a definite threat gesture, but dogs probably smile for the same reason we do: to let folks — or other dogs — know they don’t mean any harm.

Keep your training sessions short, consistent and always have fun. The key to shaping your puppy’s behavior is to start out with very easy commands, continue to build on these successes and apply heaps of repetition. Base your puppy training sessions around trust and mutual respect rather than old school methods based on punishment, avoidance and harsh corrections. In this environment you will find that your puppy loves his training sessions and his confidence will grow with each and every session.