BY WARREN ECKSTEIN
The first and most important lesson in dog training is the one the trainer must learn themselves. That is self-control. The work of hours and even days of patient training can be wholly undone and the dog’s confidence in his trainer entirely shattered in one foolish burst of temper. Patience is the first virtue in dog training, and remember that a light hand, a soft voice, and a big heart are all part of the equipment to be a successful trainer.
A practical knowledge of training is most essential if the best results are to be obtained. Know exactly what you want to accomplish. Study your pupil carefully. Adopt a method or methods best suited for his personality and temperament. Then put into effect through patience and persistence. By proceeding carefully and slowly, exercising self-control at all times, there is no reason why any intelligent person, cannot accomplish any reasonable end desired in training their dog.