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Training a Japanese spitz

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When training your dog or puppy it’s important to include the entire family in the dog training process since you want your dog to respond to each member of your home.

Believe it or not, positive dog training can be done well by children about 8 years and older.  A few of the children I’ve worked with have been under 8 but in general I had difficulty with children under 8 being able to keep their attention on a task.

For instance, let’s say you are just starting to train your dog.  Teaching him the look command is fantastic.  It’s easier to get your dog to behave if he’s focused on you.  Your dog should do the same behavior with the rest of your family, not just you.

If you want your dog to generalize the look command to each member of your family, they need to practice look with your dog as well.    If you don’t practice with the rest of your family it is possible that the only person your dog will listen to is you.

It has been my experience that having the whole family involved with training your dog can be a fun activity for the entire family, especially the dog and the children.  By making dog training fun you can have a great time with your family and your new dog.

Dog training is as much training the people how to get your dog to respond as it is getting your dog to do behaviors reliably.