Helpful Tips for Training Your Dog

Did you know that February is National Dog Training Education Month? Training isn’t just about teaching your pet good manners. It’s also very important for Fido’s safety! Read on as a local Happy Valley, OR vet offers some helpful tips for training your dog.

Class Curriculum

Dogs can learn many wonderful tricks. Someday, you may even be able to teach your pet to fetch you a cold beverage, or turn the lights off and on. For now, though, it’s best to start with the basics. The five most important commands for dogs to learn are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.


There are many different methods and schools of thought when it comes to training dogs. We strongly recommend using only methods that rely on positive reinforcement. It’s always better to reward your dog for doing something right than to punish him for misbehaving. Dogs don’t understand punishment, so negative reinforcement can backfire, and may leave your pet feeling scared, confused, or nervous.


Dogs are very perceptive, and somehow always seems to know when their human buddies are feeling down. Only work with your pup when you are in a good mood. If you are feeling grumpy or stressed, your pooch will quickly pick up on your feelings, and could develop a bad association with learning. You definitely don’t want that!

School Schedule

Dogs tend to have pretty short attention spans. (We’re fairly sure that their train of thought cycles between food, walks, toys, treats, and belly rubs, but that’s another topic.) Long classes will bore your furry pupil, and leave you fighting to keep your pet focused. About 15-30 minutes at a time is ideal.


We all know that if there’s one thing dogs are enthusiastic about, it’s snacks. Treats are great training aids. Choose small portions, like bits of kibble or cut up hot dogs. You don’t want to overfeed your adorable student!


At first, work with your dog in a quiet place that is free of distractions. Later on, it may be beneficial to work with your pooch in a park or another busy area, but let him get the basics down first.

Do you have any questions about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your local Happy Valley, OR vet clinic! We are here to provide your pet with the best veterinary care around!

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