Patience and Understanding: Be patient during the training process. Dogs may not grasp what you are asking of them immediately. Imagine that your dog is learning to speak a foreign language. Which they are! Showing them patience and understanding while they are learning will improve communication between you.

Consistency is Key: It’s important to be consistent when training your dog. Make sure everyone in your family uses the same cues and hand signals. Also, set clear house rules, like “the dog should sit instead of jumping on people,” or “don’t feed the dog under the table to prevent begging,” so your dog learns what’s expected from everyone.

Keep Training Sessions Short: Dogs can’t pay attention for a long periods of time, so limit training sessions to 10-15 minutes to prevent frustration, both for you and your pet. Frequent, brief sessions are more effective than long, exhausting ones. When your dog is showing success at what you are training, that is when it’s time to end your training session.  

Early Socialization Matters: Expose puppies to various people, animals, and environments to foster confidence. Let puppies explore from a distance at their own comfort level. Never force interactions on your puppy. Gradual exposure and positive experiences are the key to preventing behavioral issues in the future. 

Make training a game: Incorporate play into your training sessions to keep your dog engaged and motivated. Interactive games reinforce learning while adding an element of enjoyment for both you and your dog. This approach helps your dog grasp new skills more effectively while also ensuring they associate having fun with being with you.

MuttSchool Magazine

If you’re a new dog owner, an experienced trainer, or just a dog lover looking to expand your knowledge on how to train your four-legged friend, you’ve come to the right place—MuttSchool Magazine is a space dedicated to all things dog training!

Our magazine offers valuable insights, tips, and tricks on everything from basic obedience training to advanced tricks and behavior modification. Our team of experienced dog trainers and behavior specialists share their expertise, along with real-life experiences and stories to help you better understand and connect with your furry family member. Join us as we explore the wonderful world of dog training together.

We hope the information you find here will help you with training your dog the MuttSchool way.

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Pawsitive Energy Workshop
Pawsitive Energy Workshop

November 11, 2023 at 12-2:00pm | $30
by Mary Hager

Deepen your connection with your dog while boosting their vitality in our exclusive workshop — "Pawsitive Energy: Transformative Reiki for Dogs." Experience the profound benefits of energy healing, from reducing stress and anxiety to accelerating healing and fostering a harmonious energy balance in your canine companion.

Harmony at Home Workshop
Harmony at Home Workshop

October 14, 12:00-2:00 PM | $30
by Ria Goodyear

As loving parents, we all want nothing but the best for our children – and that includes ensuring their safety and well-being in every aspect of their lives. It's natural to feel uneasy if you've noticed anything that may suggest that your dog's behavior is a cause for concern when interacting with your kids or their friends. While your furry family member may have always been a cherished part of the family, it's crucial to take proactive steps to maintain a harmonious home environment.