Dog Training Fundamentals - Overview

Dogisimo is all about motivational and positive training methods. If you don’t exactly know what that means, you may want to take a look at our dog training fundamentals in chapters 1 to 12 listed below. After reading through those, you should have a good understanding on how to approach your training. There are many ways, but they are not all equal! If you are experienced – you still may […]


Training Fundamentals Part 12: Teaching your dog

12.) Teaching your dog. Congratulations! You made it. If you read through all of the previous sections, you should have learned the fundamentals of teaching your dog in a positive and rewarding manner. Now let’s talk about how to get started with the actual training. Location, location, location! Eliminating distractions is a critical part of training a dog in the early stages. In the beginning, we want 100 percent of […]


Training Fundamentals Part 11: Training tools

11.) Training tools. The list of tools required for positive reinforcement training is short. All you really need is something as a reward. This could be a food-treat or a toy. There are however some other items that can be helpful: Markers: You can either use your voice to mark a reward or a clicker (more about clicker training on Wikipedia). Restrains: A leash and a collar can be very […]


Training Fundamentals Part 10: Getting the right behavior

10.) Getting to the right behavior There is good news and bad news. The good news is that your dog already knows everything. He knows how to sit, lie down, run, jump and more. The bad news is that your dog does not understand English. If we want our dog to understand what we want him to do, we need to communicate in his language. We already talked about the […]


Training Fundamentals Part 9: Rewarding your dog

9.) Rewarding our dog Now that we know how to motivate our dogs, let’s get to the rewarding part: The reward! One of the fundamental concepts behind positive training methods is that you want your dog to learn that it can get to a reward by voluntarily changing its behavior. When we see the desired behavior, we reward our dog. That sounds very simple, but there is a catch… Chances […]


Training Fundamentals Part 8: Motivating your dog

8.) Motivating our dog. Nothing goes without motivation. If you would not be motivated, would you get up at 7:00 a.m. in the morning and rush to work so you can spend the rest of your day in the office? For most of us, a paycheck is a very good motivation. The same principle applies to your dog even though his concept of a paycheck is somewhat different… Our dog’s […]


Training Fundamentals Part 7: How dogs learn

7.) How dogs learn Dogs change their behavior due to experience. What this essentially means is that dogs repeat behaviors that are pleasant or rewarding while avoiding behaviors that are unpleasant or painful. Studies with dogs in controlled environments have shown that it takes approximately 20 to 25 repetitions until a dog consistently remembered a trained behavior. The number of repetitions needed by dogs that are a lot more emotionally involved […]


Training Fundamentals Part 6: Communicating with your dog

6.) Communicating with our dog With a basic understanding of our dog’s postures and signals, it is time to get into how we can actually communicate with our dog. Dogs use a variety of signals to communicate with each other and this also applies to their interaction with humans. When we speak to our dog, he is not actually listening to our words, but he is paying close to the […]


Training Fundamentals Part 4: Underdogs

4.) Underdogs Fearful dogs with behavioral problems can be as dangerous as out-of-control alpha-dogs. This is especially true if small children are involved. If you are visiting this website and your dog is generally distrustful and afraid, there are a number of things you can do. First and foremost, if your dog has already bitten either you or someone in your family AND your dog has the physical ability to overpower […]


Training Fundamentals Part 3: Dominant dogs

3.) Dominant dogs If you are visiting this website because your dog displays some of the typical alpha-dog attitude (regardless of whether it truly belongs in the dominant category or not), you may be already in trouble. It is a lot more difficult to regain your position as pack leader in your family than it is to establish and maintain it in the first place. Some dogs are naturally born […]