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Six Common Mistakes Made by Novice Dog Trainers

Apr 17, 2008
The mindset of a novice trainer is important as they tend to make a lot of mistakes in their way of approach during the training process. Following are the mistakes that are common among most trainers.

Expecting too much- True dog lovers usually expect too much and often make this mistake. This happens only when they watch the well trained dog or neighbor's dog doing some tricks like that of any sitcom characters. This also happens when they go to the park and see all the dog owners enjoying the company of their dogs that are obedient and well trained. At that moment, they tend to forget all the time and money that has been spent to train these dogs.

Giving Up- This is also a common mistake. Most of the time dog owners lose patience or concentration to achieve the result which they expect from their dogs. They expect their dog to play Frisbee in an hour or so and if at all their dog fails to start playing in that period then they conclude that their dog isn't going to learn at all.

Not being consistent- Always make sure that the dog responds to your words and acts accordingly. When you are in your business suit and if you tell your dog not to jump on you, then, do not let them jump on you when you are wearing your jogging clothes either. Consistent training is important, if you want a well-trained dog.

Not following the lessons- By repeatedly and consistently training your dog, they will listen to your lessons and would love it. If you spend few minutes only on Monday and nothing until Saturday, then it would be difficult for your dog to learn the lessons.

Different techniques- This is also another common mistake done by novice trainers. They use different techniques to train their pets. Seeking other trainer's experiences can be useless. By doing this, you and your pet will frustrated, as each trainer has different techniques to train their respective dogs. Perhaps, choose a best and easy method that works for you. Be consistent and you will see much better results from your dog.

Training Period- After certain period of training, most people assume that the training is over. Training is a learning process and there is no end to it. The dog can learn so many commands and behavioral lessons if you will be training them in a good manner. So why do you want to stop? Dog would love to learn more and more! So keep training.

By knowing all these mistakes, you can now realize some of the common feelings that you might have found in yourself. So, solve the problem before it arises.
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Ranju Kumar has written many articles about training dogs and puppies including how to look after their health and other dog problems. Take a 5-minute lesson on Basics-Dog-Training for FREE and make your dog obey your commands now.
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