Dog training basics, avoid these five common mistakes

Dog training mistakes are always human mistakes. Are you surprised? Don’t be. Many pet owners get frustrated when puppies “have accidents” or adult dogs bark like crazy at the doorbell, when in fact, these and other problems cannot be blamed on the pet. If people don’t know what they want their dog to do instead, such as sit instead of jump, go to bed (when the door opens) instead of rushing out, dig in a sandbox instead of the garden, chew on appropriate objects, etc., then the dog should be able to do it.

Not properly socializing a dog

Proper socialization is one of the kindest things you can do for your dog. The natural by-products of good socialization are activity, time spent with your dog, and mental and physical stimulation. A dog that has been taught to socialize properly can adapt to changes in the environment and should be able to cope with a variety of situations. A lack of socialization early in a dog’s life can lead to fear, anxiety, and aggression. The more adapted a dog is to its environment, the less likely it is to engage in unpleasant behavior.

Giving up too soon

Impatience is one of the biggest problems owners face. While it’s unrealistic to expect a puppy to be completely housebroken in a few weeks, many owners expect it. It takes time and patience for a dog to understand the basic concept of sit or stay; it takes even more time to modify previous behaviors (such as jumping on the counter) or control urges (barking, digging in the yard, etc.). In many situations, dogs are harmed. People think they should learn things very quickly, but don’t always take the time to teach them. The first step is to be calm and patient when teaching the basics of dog training. If you are calm and enjoy the process, so will your dog. Don’t make training a chore. If you feel frustrated or angry, walk away and come back later.

Making training a chore

Owners aren’t the only ones who get frustrated during training. Long or repetitive sessions can also be boring for the dog. A bored dog usually stops paying attention and will have a harder time learning. Keep training sessions short, from 15 seconds to five minutes per session. It’s better to do several of these sessions throughout the day than to do one or two long sessions a day. If you strive to make the session a fun activity rather than a chore, dogs will learn tricks faster. Some breeds are more prone to boredom than others, but to be safe, strive to make the training session as dynamic as possible.

Being ambivalent

Consistency is very important in training. If, at the beginning of learning a new cue, you sometimes say “Come” and other times “Come here,” you may create confusion. On the other hand, dogs can understand that many physical and verbal signals mean the same thing. It’s important to teach one signal and add others later. Confusing your dog will lead to failure. When you stick to a specific command or word, your dog is likely to grasp the concept better. This is all related to the memorization process. Repetition forms a kind of “groove” in our brain that allows information to flow and connect. The deeper this groove, the easier it is to access the information we have stored through repetition.

Using physical punishment

Never use physical violence on your dog! Treat dogs with the same consideration and respect that you would treat your children, grandparents, and yourself. Positive reinforcement is the key to success. Fear training your dog is a mistake! Non-violent pet training is also more effective than the previous techniques. You can change behaviors such as destructiveness and excessive barking by finding out what your dog does well and praising him for it. When your dog exhibits negative behavior, you can choose to ignore it and not praise it. Dogs usually figure this out very quickly. Non-violent dog training allows you to create a partnership with your dog by using gentle persuasion based on kindness, respect, and compassion.

People who are too busy or too lazy should reconsider getting a dog or any other pet. Take on a dog that is too difficult to handle, either because of its breed or size. Some breeds are easier to train than others; some breeds are naturally more submissive. Getting angry and yelling is not appropriate. The last thing you want is an animal that is afraid of your presence.

Signing up for a class and dropping out after the first lesson because you don’t like the trainer. Not every trainer is right for everyone. Some are better with small dogs, while others are experts at handling large animals. Before you sign up, ask to observe a class, and see how the animals interact, the trainer’s attitude, etc.

I believe that non-violence promotes non-violence. Because of the connection between dogs and human behavior, positive dog training helps build a world of peace for humans and dogs. When people, especially children, are successful in using nonviolent methods with animals, they feel good about themselves and are encouraged to have a kinder, more positive attitude toward their friends, family, and the environment.

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