The very first thing you need to do when shar pei training is to get his attention. This may seem obvious but it can be quite easy to miss this step. The reason is many owners tend to automatically think that there dog will pay attention and listen to them regardless of the circumstance. This is incorrect and if your pet’s mind is elsewhere he won’t listen and he won’t learn.
Therefore, before you begin shar pei training you need to be prepared and know what you are doing before you even attempt to teach. You cannot wing training. It needs to be structured and executed in a clear, concise and non-boring manner that will appeal to your pooch and not confuse him.
Here’s what you need to do to make sure you keep your companion’s attention focused on you:
- What will you be teaching? You should know what commands you intend to present before you begin. You must also have an idea of how you will lay them out step-by-step, what word your will use for the instructions as well as the hand signal.
- Take your pet to a quiet room where there are very few distractions. You will want the most interesting thing in the room to be you!
- Before you give a command use his name. When you say his name it gets his attention and interest because he knows whatever is going to happen includes him.
- When training shar pei it’s a great idea to use treats as tools for motivation and reward. Dogs love special goodies and will be pleased to take part in actions that involve them.
- Do not bore him with a long lesson! Canines have very short attention spans and will not want to repeat the same actions over and over again during an extended period of time. Take plenty of breaks and keep sessions 5 - 10 minutes in length.
- Praise him. When he performs as you want be enthusiastic and let him know how wonderful he is. Dogs like it when they are doing something that pleases you.
- When you are motivated and focus your attention on training shar pei he will do the same. Don’t expect him to want to give his all and learn if your heart isn’t in it. Positivity, patience, consistency and common sense go a long way in Shar Pei training.
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