Published: 16 April 2021

Having an obedient dog means they're less likely to put themselves in risky situation, as you have better control over them. In turn this means they're less likely to have accidents. Take a look at these tips from K9 magazine to help you better control your canine friend.

1) Signals should be given to your dogs with one hand and arm only. In the earliest stages you may exaggerate the signals to gain the dog's attention, but in the final analysis all signals must be given smoothly and swiftly without any excess body motion. The size of your dog is not a factor here, for you can train any dog to pay attention, and if he is paying attention to you he will see your signals.

The people who would disagree with this theory are those who have yet to learn how to make their dogs pay attention to them. You will have to watch yourself very carefully to avoid giving unintentional body signals to your dog. It is natural for a beginner to nod his head, lean forward, or move his hands when he calls his dog. He is so intent in watching his dog that he is unaware of his own actions. Have someone watch you so he can tell you when he notices you doing this.

2) Be consistent - never scold a dog for a misdemeanour one day and praise him the next for the same act. You cannot expect your dog to understand an exercise if you keep changing your training methods each time you try it. Dogs learn the basic work by repetition, and the entire training program should proceed smoothly and consistently. For instance, the techniques that you will use in puppy training will be repeated in advanced exercises when your dog gets older, and your handling will be just the same.

3) You should study your dog so you can foresee his reaction to any situation. You should become attuned to your dog's sensitivities. If you have a gentle, quiet dog, do not antagonize him by rough treatment. He will become very alert and responsive if you train him in a calm and gentle manner with consideration for his feelings. Aggressive or overly playful dogs need a more forceful approach.

We hope these tips are useful and, through better handling of your dog, you are able to prevent accidents from occurring. If you'd like more help with preventing accidents and knowing how to deal with them should they occur, book yourself onto our First Aid for Dogs course. We have dates and locations in various parts of the UK including Sussex, Surrey and London(when Covid restrictions allow).

As well as our face-to-face courses (when restrictions allow; keep an eye on the website for updates or sign up to our newsletter), we also run regular courses on Zoom, and have an online First Aid for Dogs course too. With the online version you can learn at your own pace from home with our comprehensive course. Priced at just £25, it’s full of essential information and guidance on keeping your dog safe and how to react in an emergency. Get started on learning canine first aid skills now!

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