Back to School at
Home > Mom's Life > Family Relationships > Pets > Pet Care > Five Tips for Successful Dog Training

Five Tips for Successful Dog Training

Training is not always easy; it can be frustrating and repetitious, and it might proceed more slowly than you think it should. However, training can also be extremely rewarding. When you successfully teach your dog and that light bulb goes on over his head, “Hey! I get it!” all your efforts will be worthwhile. If you are patient with your dog, and keep your training positive and fun, you will also sense a deepening in the relationship you share.

Here are some tips for successful training:

  • Keep that “fantastic five” in mind. Always do five repetitions of each new training step and then give your dog a break or move on to something else.
  • During those breaks, which can be just a couple of minutes or a couple of hours, let your dog relax, sniff, go potty, or take a nap.
  • Be patient with both yourself and your dog. This is a learning process for you both.
  • Be consistent with your rules and your training. For example, if you ask your dog to Sit for his meals, do so all the time.
  • Allow yourself to have fun. Training doesn't have to be like military boot camp; have fun with it!

More on: Pets


Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dog Tricks 2005 by Liz Palika. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit the Idiot's Guide web site or call 1-800-253-6476.

August 27, 2014

Don't be afraid of fats! Healthy fats, like those found in nuts, avocado, or cheese, make great lunch additions or snacks, and will help keep your child full until the end of the school day.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.



Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit to sign our petition to save handwriting!

11 Coolest Lunch Boxes for Kids
Send your child's lunch to school in style! Check out our picks for the 11 best lunch boxes with great features from BPA-free accessories to spill-resistant fabric.

7 Important Back-to-School Safety Tips
Follow these back-to-school safety tips to make sure your child stays safe on the way to school, in the classroom, and while on the playground.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!