7. Be Consistent
Training a dog doesn’t work if you aren’t on top of it. Being consistent is huge because a dog who gets away with an undesirable behavior once will begin to learn that there is no consequence for their negative behaviors. Of course, you cannot be abusive or scream at your dog, but you should be sure to take away a reward like a toy or keep from praising your dog at random times when they haven’t done anything in particular to deserve it. Dogs are exactly like young children and inconsistency breeds bad behavior, confusion, and defiance. Rules should be established and remain the same throughout their whole life. If you slack, your dog will slack too.