Everyone knows how important it is to train their beloved pooch. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive, time-consuming, and tiring. These tips can help you quite a bit when it comes to training your pooch. They won’t make it easy, but they will make it easier.
1) Stay positive
It’s well known that positive reinforcement works better than negative when it comes to training. Yet it’s hard to be positive when your dog has once again torn up the trashcan. Unfortunately, dogs can sense when their person is upset. If you’re angry, or even plain not into the training, your dog won’t understand what’s happening. Unless you need to curtail a behavior in the moment, it’s best to try training only when you’re feeling up to it.
2) Keep Sessions Short
No one likes devoting all their time and energy to something that takes hours. Just like people, dogs can get bored with repetitive sessions.
3) Play Is A Vital Part!
It’s always great to have a bit of fun after hard work, and dogs are no different in that respect. Some dogs respond better if you play before training. It allows them to get out their playful energy and be better able to focus on what you’re teaching them. Other dogs simply get wound up, making it impossible to get them to calm down and listen. Have a good sense of how your dog learns best.
4) Find Training Opportunities In Everyday Life
If you train on schedule but don’t teach your pooch how to respond in everyday life, your dog will learn they should only perform the action during training. Randomizing when you give a training command can keep your dog on their toes and teach them to pay closer attention. So find places to instruct them. Tell them to sit before you feed them in the morning. Tell them to shake. Call your dog to come when at the dog park, so they learn that the “come” order might happen at any time. If you’re giving your dog a treat, such as table scraps? Tell them to do a trick! If your dog wants attention, a training command can be a good way to interact with them. It teaches them that you’ll give them attention but still expect them to follow the rules.
5) Use Mealtime Often
Using meal time to train your dog teaches them that food is no excuse for poor behavior. It also gives you an easy to follow schedule.
6) Stop If You Get Frustrated
If you’re getting fed up with the training, stop immediately. Similarly, you should stop if your dog seems to be getting frustrated. You can end training on a calmer note by telling your dog to sit, or possibly to go lay down on their bed. As they rest up, you can rest up and consider what went wrong. Perhaps you simply need to find a better treat. Or you may simply need some outside help. There’s no shame in asking a professional. That’s why they’re professionals!
7) Be Consistent With Training
As mentioned, your dog will learn if they’re only expected to listen during specific times. This is why you have to be consistent with your orders. It teaches your dog to perform on command, and more importantly that you expect them to listen at all times.
8) Have Fun!
Play isn’t just a great way for you and your dog to blow off steam. It can be important for helping your dog concentrate and building their intelligence. Keeping the training fun can keep both you and your pooch interested.
9) Get Professional Help
It might be expensive, but a professional trainer can be a huge help. They can assess if you have realistic goals and help you figure out how to meet them. They can even take over the training if you’re uncertain how to proceed.
10) Celebrate Victories No Matter How Small
It’s incredibly easy to ignore how much better the trainee has gotten. This is true of humans and dogs. You can get so focused on what you want that you don’t notice how far you’ve come. The harder the behavior, the easier it is to fall into this habit. This is another area where a professional trainer is handy. They can help you notice when your dog has gotten a lot better. Having that kind of feedback can often encourage you when nothing else will.