How Dogs Learn


Dogs are creatures of habit. They learn through repetition and consistency, (doing it the same way every time). Dogs are social animals and they see you as their pack or family. They do not want to be excluded from everything that is going on with the family. A properly trained dog can be communicated with just as a human family member. It takes practice and repetition.

When training your dog always remember that dogs don’t learn sentences. They learn one word commands by tone inflections. We speak to them like they understand and they are attentive and giving you a lending ear at anytime but they do not understand every word. They are fully capable of learning thousands of one or two word commands.

Gaining The Dominance Of Your Puppy/Adult Dog

Training your dog is very important due to the fact that you are gaining dominance of your dog right from the start and you are able to stop any problems before they get worse. Training takes mental stimulation, which gets the dog more tired than running around and playing with certain toys. The best part is that training does not take long on a daily basis. Just 30 minutes everyday, split up into 2- 15 minutes or 3-10 minutes is perfect. After each session play with your dog, so they see it as something fun instead of a chore.

A dog is part of Mother Nature, which means he or she is naturally wired to expect order in his life, to expect that he must work for food and water and have structure in their life. If you as the owner do not show the dog that you are the pack leader than they will try their best to show you that they are more dominant, which means that everyone in the household needs to work with the dog. If not, you will notice that the dog will only respect the person that spends the most quality time with him/her or the most training time.

Dog Sixth Sense

Dogs learn from tone inflections and they all have a sixth sense, which means they are able to pick up on negative energy much quicker than we can. If a bad person walks in your door, your dog will sense that and different behavior will arise right away. Automatically, they will protect you, no matter what. Even if you think that your dog is the biggest lover, they are very loyal and will do whatever it takes to protect their owners.

When training your dog you must remember to always be confident, whatever you are thinking or feeling, goes from you through the leash and to the dog, so if you do not think your dog will do a command then the dog will fight you and not do it until you make them do it. BE PATIENT AND DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!! If you give up just one time, the dog does not know minutes but they know a time frame, so they will just wait a little bit longer until you give up and then they do not have to complete the command. Don’t let your dog win. If you give up, it’ll be the story of the dog training the human, it happens!

With over 12 years of dog training experience Tony Collazo and Cherie Marquez owners of Smart Start Puppies have had the ability to train all sorts of different breeds, Tony Collazo started training dogs and learned through South Eastern Guide Dogs. Due to their experience as school teachers they have been able to bring forth a curriculum that involves teaching/training dogs without the use of treats and or any special tools. Tony Collazo is certified with the Animal Behavior College.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.


  1. This was a great read and there was some really good information here for some first time pet owners. It was great! Cudos to the author.

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    I’ve always known that dogs were capable of understanding more than we give them credit for. Our dog understands things like drink, outside, walk, no, cheese, and other bizarre things I wouldn’t normally think of as a dog’s vocabulary.

  3. I have a doberman and I really want to train her. Apart from lack of time, I also just want to play with her whenever I am not busy. Even without training, my dog, I think, is already smart enough to know and respond to what I tell her. Maybe she’s a gift to me. Having a pet around is fun.

  4. Wow! What great tips given in this article. I ended my search for these kinds of pet related sites by finding your blog. All the information is quite enough for a pet owner. I will bookmark your site and forward to friends.

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