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Training Your Dog Using the KISS Principle

September 20, 2009

I often say to my dog training class students and private dog training clients there is more than one way to train a dog. It’s nice to have choices. As a certified professional dog trainer, and one whose techniques are rooted in the science camp of animal training, I say “keep it simple!” Why make things harder on yourself? You’ll just end up making it harder for your dog too.

Einstein said: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Using this thought pattern for training our pet dogs is perfect for getting the behaviors you want, while keeping the frustration level low.
  1. Reward what you want! You’ll get more of it.
  2. Pay attention to what you want. Keep your eyes and ears open. Catch your dog in the act of doing what you want and reward them for it!
  3. Set your dog (and you) up for success! Help prevent your dog from performing behaviors you don’t want, while creating an environment where they will thrive, and in turn make better choices.
Let’s start the week off on the right paw by creating a dog training plan you can use over and over again! Pay attention to what your dog is doing, reward them for that.
These simple steps are the basis of my Out of the Box dog training game. Small digestible, easy-to-do training steps that will help you reach your dog training goals.

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