Koda was the first dog that I trained on my own. I would take him into our laundry room everyday and have training sessions. He was very food and praise motivated. Koda learned everything very quickly and was wonderful to have tagging along no matter where you went. The only things he didn't learn too well were that he is not a lap dog and leash manners. Both were not faults of his but rather of mine, I couldn't help but snuggle the little puppy on my lap and boy am I paying for it now when a 70 pound bottom lands on me. As for his leash manners, I live in the country and was more intent on having him learn off-leash manners and control. Therefore he has a great recall and continually checks in. Anytime I bring Koda with me someplace I am always complemented on his dark red colour and how well trained he is. I am amazed sometimes at the things he learns like knowing which rooms and beds he is allowed to sleep in, staying out of the kitchen when people are eating, playing hide and seek, and how to play with people or animals smaller than him. Overall he was a great first dog to train.
My dog training philosophy is to make sure that the dogs understand exactly what you want from them and when by introducing them to everything and anything. I am very big on the word NO and the word GOOD, along with the words TREATs. I prefer to begin with treats or food and move to including praise and then to just praise. Although many are not okay with it, I am actually okay with the occasional spank. When you compare methods used by humans with methods used by other dogs, I'm sure that being spanked it much more appreciated then being bit. Of course you should give warnings before doing so and it should only occur in repeated actions by the dog. Of course not all dogs respond to this type of training and I myself am still learning different and new methods with each dog I train.
I would love to eventually take a course on dog training and become certified, I feel it would be soo much fun to learn. If anyone has any suggestions for an online school or experiences that they have had I welcome the advice!