Your dog is always learning. The problem is – how do you get your dog to learn good habits and NOT bad habits? Dogs understand things very differently than us humans, so frequently when you are training your dog (or even when you think you are NOT) you are actually making behavior problems worse!
If your dog is misbehaving, try to determine why. It is important to work out why your dog is doing what it does. Knowing the reason for poor behavior can make training significantly easier. It is far more difficult to correct an action that you do not fully understand the reasoning behind.
Most of the time children and dogs get along wonderfully. Children, however, often tend to mimic what they hear adults doing. Don’t let your young child repetitively give commands to your dog. The dog will learn to disregard the command because they know there will be no repercussions for doing so.
When dog training, it is vital to have a lot of patience with your dog if you want to maximize the effectiveness of the overall process. Training takes a lot of time and conditioning to get your dog to act the way you want, as patience will yield the best results.
At a very young age, puppies are able to learn simple commands. If your puppy is tired, highly excited, or exploring his space, your training session will probably not be very successful. You will need your puppy’s full attention to assure your training session is worth your time.
Take everything that your friends and family members say about your training program with a grain of salt. Everyone will have their own opinions about how you should help your pet learn to follow directions. Ignore most of it and do what you know is best for you and your pet.
Make sure you and your family are consistent with your commands. If one person uses “down” to tell the dog to get off the couch while another says “off” and a third is letting him lay there, the dog is going to get mixed signals. It makes it much more difficult for him to learn the commands.
When training your dog, keep track of time during each session. Spending too long on training exercises will start to bore the dog. Start off with individual training periods of no more than 10 minutes.
Avoid accidents if you want to housebreak your dog. Try to recognize your dog’s body language and anticipate his need to go out. Some clues to watch for are snuffling, whining and pacing. Do not hesitate when you see your dog do that. Get outside right away to the dog’s favorite spot. Reward the dog for using the bathroom outdoors. With some time, your dog will be able to tell you when he needs to go outside.
Try these simple techniques yourself in your next training session with your dog. Try as few or as many of the tips as you want. Once you have practiced and then mastered these strategies with your dog, he will become the well behaved member of society you dreamed he would be.