Teaching your dog to be obedient to your commands is the first step of successful dog training. However, it is also the hardest, because in order to ensure that your dog follows your commands, you need to have a special relationship with your dog. That means that before you even start to think about dog obedience training, you have to make sure that your dog feels loved and cared for around you, and that the two of you are friends.
Once this hurdle has been conquered, the rest of the training follows easily. However, there are certain things you must always remember during the course of the training, and that is what this article is about.
People will always give you loads of advice on dog training, but not only is most of it incorrect, it can also result in your dog behaving the complete opposite of what you were trying to teach him.
Recently, there has been a lot of advancement in the area of dog training, and some traditional methods of dog training have been proven inaccurate and have been completely ruled out. Unfortunately, for the large majority of people, this information is still alien; they still continue to use these traditional methods even though they are completely frowned upon now. These methods need to be abandoned completely.
A very common mistake that new dog trainers make is that they expect their dogs to respond to and react to their words and actions almost immediately, just like human beings do. Dogs do not understand everything people say to them. They are just good at understanding emotions and moods of their trainers. Therefore, during training, never get frustrated at your dog for not following everything you say or do right away. Dog training requires a lot of patience!
As mentioned above, dogs do not pay much heed to what the trainer is saying, and they are only able to sense the trainer's mood or the tone of their voice. The mistake most trainers make is that they don't pay much attention to the tone of their voices. If a dog senses an angry tone, it is very unlikely to react to your commands in a friendly manner. In fact, if it is a new dog, it might even attack!
Another common mistake some people make is the use of negative reinforcement. They feel that like encouraging desirable behaviour via positive reinforcement is good, so is eliminating undesirable behavior via negative reinforcement. This is very wrong. Recent studies have shown that if you want to reduce or eliminate any unwanted behavior, you should just do something mild, like use a very slightly serious tone while saying ‘Bad Dog’ or shaking your head or moving your hand to express your emotions to the dog. But remember, you must never hit your dog or punish it in any way.
These tips are very important to remember, and if you are going to start on a training program for your dog, you must ensure that you follow them. If these mistakes are avoided, you will be better able to make your dog feel at ease with you and the training would become a lot easier.
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