Training Your Boston Terrier
An effective training is a significant aspect of your Boston Terrier’s rearing and nurture. A dog that is well-trained is able to effectively play its role in the pack. A well-disciplined dog is able to socialize well and live a happy life. Having a well-disciplined Boston Terrier means that you have a wonderful pet and companion who will provide you and your family with endless hours of joy.
Training your Boston Terrier is not as difficult as you may think. With a pinch of perseverance, some planning, coupled with some research on your part and access to the right resources, training your dog will really challenge your patience yet the rewards that you will reap will all be worth all the time and effort you invest in training your dog. Certainly, training your dog is not an overnight experience.
When training your dog, you need to be involved with every aspect to develop and boost rapport between you and your dog. This will also be a process where your dog will be able to recognize you as the “alpha dog” of the pack. Thus you will be able to establish your niche and assert authority over the other members of the pack.
The initial step in your quest to train your dog is to teach him how to pay attention to you. As the “alpha dog” of the pack, your dog almost always pays attention to you. Whenever you notice your dog giving you attention reinforce him with your subtle attention such as giving him praise, a belly scratch, or his favorite doggie treat. Doing this will let your dog know that when he behaves in that way, he will receive something good from you. However, when you notice your dog being rude or pushy, ignore him immediately.
Start teaching your dog to pay attention by bringing him to an area where there are no disruptions, and he can focus solely on you. Speak your dog’s name once, clearly and softly. When he looks at you, reward him to let him know that you are pleased with his actions. Do this at least 5-6 times a day.
While doing this, expect your dog to jump on you and if he does, divert your attention somewhere else and don’t give him the reward. If he goes back on all fours on the ground, continue praising him verbally and give him his reward.
If you have a hard time getting your dog to pay attention, hold the doggie treat near your face so that he will look at you. Once he gets the idea, gradually limit your rewards until you can get his attention without giving him any reward. Remember to entice him with varying rewards to prevent monotony.
In times when he seems not to hear you when you call out his name, try whipping out his favorite reward and try to be busy with it—play with it or just display it on plain sight. If he tries to join you, ignore him. Let him salivate more by producing some goodies and eating it, or just pretend to, if you don’t share your dog’s culinary tastes. Use anything in your imagination that you can use to entice your dog to look at you.
You can try training your dog in the kitchen, one of the places in your house which the dog associates with food, and a place where you can have the least distractions. In time, you can move on outside to the backyard and then to the park where there are many factors that may distract your dog from giving you his utmost attention.
You will know that you are successful when you are able to get your dog’s utmost attention whenever you call him by name. If you are not seeing any favorable results, evaluate whether you are using his name when you scold him or nag him. Your dog should associate giving you his undivided attention with just rewards.