Dog lovers wonder why despite their tireless efforts to train their dogs, the results are always not as expected. No matter how hard you try your dog Rex still thinks a cough is his kingdom, or Tommy cannot stop roaming in areas you want him not to.
Below is a list of training do’s and don’ts that will help you make your dog all you ever wished
- Focus on your dog. Understand your dog’s instincts and natural behavior in an attempt to bring him in your world. You cannot train a dog you do not know.
- Be honest with your dog. Do not fool him into doing what you want him to or tease him with commands you teach him. Fooling your dog will at the end of the day confuse him.
- Begin each command with an end in sight. Reward your dog every time they complete a set task. This gives him a reason to take the task again and by the end of training, it will be a habit.
- Be consistent. Ensure to use the same command for desired behavior all times. Also use the same tone commanding your dog.
- Think ahead. Anticipate your dog’s behavior before he even moves. This will enable you to use another command to make him get what you wanted in case he misses the first task.
- Teach your dog one command at a go. Giving him more than one command can easily confuse him, however, clever they are.
- Do not allow other people to pamper your dog more than you do. You should be his master the one he looks up to and obeys most.
- Do not at any time finish a training session on a bad note. Be very positive and praise him even if he is failing. This motivates him to try again.
- Do not lose your temper while training. Loosing tempers make your dog loose trust in you, you should be in control even of your tempers.
- Do not chase him if you want him to come. The skill is to make him come, so chasing him confuses him totally.
- Do not continually repeat the same command to him until he does it. Your dog should understand you within the first utter of the command.
- Avoid command overuse. Do not discipline him for disobedience unless you are very sure he understood the command. It is also important to note that punishment and discipline are different things