17 Dog-Training Tips. . .from 1949

Murph learns to stay put, even while excitement is happening around him.
Photo by Tim Bronson

The Dog Channel website is offering up something from the archives: training tips from the editors of Dog World magazine. What do you think? Have we learned much about dog training in the last 65 years?

1. DON’T punish your dog while you are angry or lack control of yourself.

2. DON’T punish your dog with the lead or any instrument of training or anything he should associate with duty or pleasure.

3. DON’T sneak up on your dog, grab him from the rear, surprise him or reach for him quickly.

4. DON’T chase your dog to catch him; he must come to you or follow after you.

5. DON’T coax your dog to you and then turn upon him with punishment. You will regret the deception.

6. Don’t trick, fool or taunt your dog. It is cruel and inconsistent to tease your dog to come to you when he can not.

7. DON’T punish a dog by stepping on his paws needlessly. They are exceedingly sensitive. Don’t twist his ears playfully or otherwise. Never strike him on the backbone, in the face or on the ears.

8. DON’T nag your dog; don’t be giving orders to him constantly; don’t pester him with your shoutings.

9. DON’T praise a dog for doing a certain act, then at a later time, scold him for doing the same act. Consistency on your part is a chief virtue in dog training.

10. DON’T train your dog within an hour after he has eaten.

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