Training Tips for your Canine Companion

Making sure our pups are well-behaved members of society is on us as owners! While you may have heard that you can't teach a dog new tricks, you'd actually be surprised that you can increase the quality of life of your dog with simple training. At Bonne, we want your dog to thrive and live a happy, healthy, and overall comfortable experience. We've compiled a blog to help you learn the benefits of different pieces of training for your pups!

Training With or Without Treats

When it comes to training, we instantly think of breaking out the treats to reinforce positive behaviors. However, we want to establish that there will be other forms to praise positive action. We obviously recommend delicious 100% all-natural treats (specifically dog macarons) to reward with a treat! But we do have a few suggestions for non-food based positive rewards for your dog: 

  • Verbal Praise
  • Physical Praise
  • Playing
  • Dog Toys
  • Going on a walk
  • Access to snuggling on the couch

Try out these suggestions on top of your typical treat rewards! You don't want your pup only to be food driven. Do you have any suggestions for non-food based rewards? Let us know in the comments!

Crate Training

Having your dog crate training is essential when you're bringing in a new puppy, but you can also train a dog. Crate training is excellent for house training puppies, a safe space for your dog to feel comfortable, and helps with anxiety when you're not home. All breeds, sizes, and ages of dogs can benefit directly from being crate trained. There is a bad stigma that crate training is locking your dog up and depriving them of freedom, but it actually helps them become calm and combat anxiety. A few tips that can help you crate train your dog are to pick the proper crate, reward them with a treat when they go into their crate, put a dog bed and or blankets, have a schedule for being in the crate, and make sure it's not too long, and be patient.

Leash Training

Many people think that leash training comes naturally; however, leash walking is actually a skill and a time spent with your dog that creates a bond. The American Kennel Club provided a few tips on how to train your dog to walk on a leash:

Introduce them to a harness or collar and leash if they are not familiar. Wearing a harness or collar can take some time to get used to, so keep placing the collar and harness on your dog for a short amount of time. 

Teach a cue that will be recognized as a 'look at me' signal.

Practice inside with a leash.

While you are instilling leash training, you will run into pulling, barking, and lunging. These behaviors are only natural, and with dedicated training and some research, your pup will be walking like a pro in no time!

House Training

Having an accident from time to time happens, but if there is a frequent problem with accidents in the home, then you may want to make sure your dog is healthy, or they have been house trained. Top vets suggest that establishing a routine is the best start to house training. The humane society has provided a few suggestions for house training like: 

  • Take your puppy or dog outside frequently
  • Lead them to the same bathroom spot every time
  • Praise them when they go to the bathroom outside
  • Establish a regular feeding schedule

These tips are a great way to establish a routine and get your pup on track to being house trained!

Behavior Training

Behavior problems include barking, digging, tearing up belongings, and other issues that may intrude on your life or the life of others. If you live in a condo or apartment, it's best for you, your dog, and your neighbors. There are many doggy camps and private trainers to help improve your pup's behavior. Christina Shusterich runs NY Clever K9 Inc. She believes there is hope for your dogs and is recognized as a national and international dog expert and top dog behaviorist. A dog behaviorist can help you with anxiety, aggression, fear, and more.

International Dog Trainer Hall of Fame Tips

Training our dogs is no easy venture. It takes research, practice, commitment, and sometimes tough love. Did you know that there is an International Dog Trainer Hall of Fame? Well now you do! We’ve compiled some expert dog training tips from a few of the world’s best dog trainers.

Ian Dunar recommends phasing out of training tools as quickly as possible. He suggests that if you don’t wean them off of the training tools you have used they may become dependent on treats, a leash, or any other aid. Ian recommends teaching ‘off-leash’ reliability.

Wendy & Jack Volhard have written 13 books on their ‘Volhard Method’ that insists on training people that body, posture, leash handling, tone of voice and understanding dog behavior sets your dog up for successful training. You are the ultimate holder of your dog’s success.

Sylvia Bishop published the first fully illustrated, practical, and easy to follow training book for dogs titled It’s Magic. Sylvia believes that you and your dog should always have fun when training and keep your dog happy.

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Treat your dog with love and a 100% all-natural dog treat! Our dog macarons at Bonne et Filou are made of four simple ingredients: honey, oat flour, coconut oil, and all-natural yogurt. We only make our dog macarons from human-grade ingredients that are free of artificial coloring or preservatives. Choose from three tasty flavors: strawberry, mint, or lavender! Order yours today and subscribe and save for 10% off your order.