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More Tips for Effective Obedience in training in your Dog
As we mentioned in our previous post on this topic, training your dog early on is the best way for you to raise a well-adjusted and happy companion. When you are ready to begin teaching basic commands to your dogs, you need to be sure to customize your own behavior to make the training efforts effective.
Some of these tips would help you;
- Be consistent – It is important that you never let certain behaviors slide – even if it is just every now and then. For example, if you want to prevent your pet from jumping on the couch, then consistently saying “no” when they do this is a must. Also, provide them with some type of distraction, such as a toy on the floor. Allowing your dog to climb on the couch from time to time will only confuse them in the long run.
- Keep training sessions short – While training sessions can be frequent, around three times each day, they should be short in terms of duration. If the session lasts any longer than that, for example, more than 10 or 15 minutes, and you don’t provide them with a break, they will likely regress and never learn the lesson you originally set out to teach them.
- Train your dog before feeding them – It is a good idea to try and squeeze into a quick training session before you feed your dog. This will create that positive connection between rewards and obedience that a puppy will learn from. When dogs are young, and even when they get older, food can be the best motivation possible.
- Don’t become frustrated or impatient with your dog – It will take time for your dog to pick up on what you are trying to teach them. Don’t punish them because you think they are being stubborn. If you have gotten impatient with your dog who seems to be learning slower than you would like, it is likely time for you both to take a break and try the training again later on.
- Reward every, single positive action – Scratching your dog behind the ears, belly rubs and treats are all ideal when it comes time to let your dog know they are doing something right. A dog’s main goal in life is to please their owner, which means when you let them know you are pleased, they are more likely to repeat the action. Taking the time to properly train your dog will make them happier and ensure that they meet your expectations in terms of being in the house. If you don’t train your dog, but expect them to behave in a certain way, you are both going to wind up frustrated. You have to put time and effort into your dog’s training, which will help you successfully achieve whatever it is you want to teach them.
Adapted from The Happy Pooch