Choose the Right Setting
If your dog is in the beginning stages of training, it is important to choose a setting that is free from distractions. A small, bare room is ideal. As you begin to “proof” your dog’s skills, gradually increase the amount of distraction until your dog is reliably responding in the presence of other dogs and people. Always set your dog up for success by creating an environment that is appropriate for his or her skills.
When teaching a new trick, the command should always be the same. For instance, if your family is training your dog not to jump and one person says “down,” while another person in the family says “off,” your dog will be confused, and training will be delayed.