Dog training, as its name implies, is just that; training your dog. This does not mean that you have to be a professional trainer; however, it does mean that you should know the best ways and means to train your dog. To get the best results, consistency is an important factor. Not only should you give your dog the discipline that it needs to respect you and obey you, but you should also let your dog know when it is doing things incorrectly.
One of the methods that are often used to train a dog is to throw sticks or objects at the dog. Once the dog picks up the stick, it should be rewarded with something of your choice. This can be a treat or a simple pat on the head. It should be the dog’s intention to repeat the act of picking up the stick each time it does so.
It is a simple idea that if a dog understands how to perform an action correctly, it can be conditioned to repeat the act. This can be done by leaving the dog alone for short periods of time. During those periods of time, it should be allowed to perform the act of picking up the stick each time it attempts to do so.
This will teach the dog that the act of picking up the stick is the best thing to do each time it attempts to do so. Therefore, you should ensure that your dog does not pick up an object accidentally. If you need to correct the dog for something that it does, you should first ignore the dog and then praise it. You should not respond to the dog.
In time, the dog will get the idea that the act of picking up objects is the best thing to do. At this point, you can reward the dog with a treat or a simple pat on the head. If your dog does pick up an object and does not return it, you should ignore the dog. Do not even look at the dog. It should be well within the dog’s understanding that picking up an object is not the right act for returning. In time, the dog will understand and obey.