Dog training is not rocket science! Here are the five basic rules of dog training – really simple!
Hi all, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy lately. But there is still a lot I have to tell about the Bull Terrier breed.
Today I want to start filling this untouched section of dog training with some life, starting with some very basic, but useful – promised! 🙂 – training advice and five of my golden rules for dog training.
I was a training rookie before and I have never passed any kind of professional education for it. Yet, watch Mila’s videos and see what we have accomplished just by adhering to these five simple rules! She is not even two years old now.
Once you have grasped the basic rules and more importantly both of you have found your fun and challenge in doing training, it will be a piece of cake.
If you have never done any dog training before, some people may probably tell you that a Bull Terrier is not the perfect dog to start with. This breed has some reputation as being “hard to train”. So, obviously there must be breeds that are easier to train.
Well, I have never trained other dogs than a Bull Terrier before and I can relate to the statement that these dogs are “independent thinkers”. However, I do in no way think that this should keep you from training your Bull Terrier.
Reason one: Dog training is fun!
Dog training is an awesome way of getting to know each other’s speed of learning, interests, talents and overall improve communication and bond, especially when your dog is still a puppy. But even if your Bull Terrier is older. There is a saying in Germany: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Well, I think you CAN! It is all a matter of motivation. So, don’t care how old your dog is, just experiment and see how far both of you can get.
Reason two: Dog training is a good way to mentally challenge your very smart Bull Terrier and keep him busy
It does not actually replace a walk or a wild session of wrestling or fetching balls. But it can be a great addition, which is especially useful, as it is so hard the drain the battery of a Bull Terrier puppy.
Bull Terriers are competitive, if challenged and tremendously adventurous and curious, which I consider a huge pro for dog training. They sometimes seem a little laid back an slouchy, when they do tricks – unlike other dogs that seem to be all eyes and ears around their owners. But as long as you do not try to raise a tin soldier, watching the way the deal with challenges will make you laugh every now and then and even enhance the fun.
Reason three: Dog training gives your Bull Terrier guidance of how to be a good citizen
Provided, you are willing to spend some time, patience and effort, you may not only end up with a dog that is capable of performing one or the other cool trick. You may actually help your dog to a more desired behavior and vastly increase the effectiveness of your everyday communication.
Yes, you can of course buy a “no-pull-harness” and try your luck with that. But wouldn’t it feel so much better to be actually able to tell your dog to “heel” or “slow down” and have it respond to that command?
Or, wouldn’t it so much nicer, if your dog did not go up on people or would leave the food alone you just spilled on the kitchen floor, just by you telling him to “leave it!’
Alright, let’s cut to the chase! What are the basic rules?