The Most Popular Dog Training Methods for Beginners

So many different methods to train dogs gets extremely confusing for the new dog owner and the dog.

Proper dog training uses training tools and techniques that produce the desired behavior. Improper training results in worsening a dog’s behavior instead of improving it.


Halters (muzzles), although uncomfortable, are useful to correct bad behavior like biting. Nevertheless, what will work best for the problem is the question that is most important for achieving the proper correction sufficiently. You may choose a more comfortable tool but what is most important is the effectiveness of the tool for the particular problem.

The Halter applies the proper amount of correction to get sufficient correction to stop the bad behavior. Whether uncomfortable or not, halters don’t cause pain, so if the result is a non-biting dog, then that’s wonderful to the owner.

Disciplinary training is not pleasant either physically or mentally, but often necessary to correct a dog.

Pavlov Method

The Jolly Routine is not like the Pavlov method because you are doing training at the same time and you are diverting the dog’s attention from its current behavior to another more pleasant behavior. Pavlov tricks the mind and we are not tricking the mind into thinking something untrue to the dog naturally.

The Jolly Routine takes what is in the dog naturally and uses an item(s) or a different situation that trigger happiness to train the dog to see the situation to be pleasant.

Food Rewards

It is suggested that you use food treats or rewards as a last resort because it takes away from the focus which is you. I feel that food rewards take away from the bond of you and your dog because the dog is only responding to the food and not you. Sure, they will obey with food. They’ll do anything to get the treat because the food reward is the focus and not the person holding the treat.

There should be focus training through your pure love and affection or rather the bond between you and your dog. This is more powerful than a treat. You want the dog to respond to you and not the treat.

To do this, forget the food rewards and start rewarding your dog with your love through lots of petting praise and lots of vocal praise. If you still want to use it, then go on ahead. However, the use of treats in dog shows and for the pure purpose of coaxing and calming the fearful or nervous dog when not in a training session is a good a way to use food treats.

Clicker Training

Clicker training is a motivational method that does not require you to use any sort of compulsion. This method of training by positive reinforcement is a derivative of the training methods used for training other mammals such as whales and dolphins, species with which you can’t use compulsion. A clicker is a little metal clicking device, but other things can be used as well, such as a whistle or tongue click.

An oversimplified explanation of the training method is that the dog either starts to do something correctly in the learning phase, or later on actually does it, and you click and treat. The click pinpoints for the dog *exactly* when he is correct. For instance, with a dog that has an extremely difficult time understanding where heel position might be, you can tell him when he is right. The treat comes shortly thereafter.

First, you pair a treat that your dog really likes with a particular sound, either the sound of a clicker or a word said quickly, like either yes or good.

The Object of Clicker Method

The object is for the dog to learn that the sound means food is coming. Do this in informal training sessions when the dog looks at you (the beginning of attention training!). When the dog looks at you, you reinforce the behavior with the sound followed by the food. The dog soon views the sound as a positive.

Once the dog knows that the sound is a good thing, you can use it reinforce other behaviors. The sound allows you to give positive feedback exactly when the dog is doing the behavior that you want.

Alternatively, use it when the dog is working gloves and is a little hesitant about whether they have selected the right direction. Click and you will see them noticeably pick up speed. They don’t get the treat until they return with the glove of course.

The clicker is also great for rewarding the turn and sit on the signal exercise. You can still run out and treat for a nice go-out, but also click for every good one, and they get the treat when they come over the jump.

Paper Training

Paper training backfires because you are teaching the dog to go in the house or an apartment. This makes it too easy for the dog to feel as if it can go elsewhere in the house.

For some dogs, it may work, but others will have trouble distinguishing the difference. If you are able to get your dog to go strictly on the newspaper and not on the carpet, then that is good. If you have a paper-trained dog, is the dog able to distinguish the difference between other paper and newspaper.

However, it’s overall better to teach the dog to go outside to relieve because you won’t have to smell it in the house. It just seems overall healthier for you and the dog to have your canine family member go outside to do its duty.

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Positive reinforcement has been proven to be very effective and is the most popular and widely recommended method for teaching a dog cues and behaviors.

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Positive reinforcement trainers often use verbal cues, hand signals, treats, clickers, toys, and even games to help modify behavior, correct bad habits.

Introduction to dog training methods and techniques

Operant Conditioning – The Most Used of all Dog Training Methods: Positive reinforcement – Increases behavior by adding something the dog sees…

Most Effective Dog Training Methods According to Science

Reward Based Training of Dogs… Punishments can involve physical smacking or tapping on the nose, yelling, and/or exile of the dog to their bed or outside.

Understanding Popular Dog Training Methods

  1. Use positive reinforcement techniques.
  2. Find the right reward.
  3. Consistency is key.
  4. Train little and often.
  5. Build up.

Modern Puppy Training Techniques

Other training techniques teach pets to recognize the desired behavior by linking the action to appropriately timed verbal praise, sound signals.

Basic Dog Training Tips for Beginners

OBEDIENCE TRAINING – Sit: This basic command helps you to keep control of your dog no matter the situation, and is a good command to teach first.

Dog Training 101: How To Get Started with Training

Keep training sessions short. If you’re working with a puppy, or a dog who has never been trained before and seems to get frustrated easily.

Top Universal Dog Training Tips for Beginner Owners

Start training by placing something that your dog wants to have within reach and telling him “leave it.” He may grab it anyway for the first few times.