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Dog Training Tips - 5 Things To Avoid For Successful Training

Feb 16, 2008
Training your dog is a vital part of the relationship that you have with him. A well trained dog will be more confident around people and will be a source of pride to your as his owner. Thus dogs should receive some form of obedience instruction and this is often done at home by the owner. This is an attractive option as it is often expensive to get proper formal classes. When you are doing it yourself there is less of a commitment so you can do the training when it suits your lifestyle too. Unfortunately many people are not very successful, as the flexibility that do it yourself training gives also leads to an unfocused approach. This article will discus five things to avoid so that you have success in your training program.

1.As I alluded to in the introduction, the biggest cause of failure is not being committed. I guess this is hardly a revelation as lacking commitment in anything new that you are doing will result in a lack of success. Staying committed is about focusing on what motivated you in the first place and being disciplined.

Reinforce in your mind the original reason you started to train your pet. Think of the enjoyment your will get from being able to interact with your dog at a deeper level than just throwing the ball. Think of the peace of mind that will come when you know that your dog will behave in a variety of social situations.

Committed also includes having the energy to learn. Find out more about your breed of dog. Investigate new training methods and determine what works well for your dog. Never stop learning about your pet or the breed of your dog. This will improve your relationship with him and give you inspiration when it comes to training.

2.Not being consistent. This will happen when you bore with teaching the same thing repeatedly and want to move onto something new. You have to go at your dogs pace, not yours. You have to consistently repeat the command until your pet has it down to a tee. Keep it simple and straightforward to begin. Importantly, you should never move onto another command until you know that the dog understands the one you are teaching. Your dog will also get bored at times so don't make your session too long.

3.Teaching commands with negative reinforcement as opposed to positive reinforcement. Never punish a dog for not doing a command or understanding what you want. Cruelty has not place in dog obedience training and it will confuse your pet. Pain is not a good teaching philosophy and will lead to worse behavioral problems than better. There is little doubt that positive reinforcement by giving treats and positive feedback to the dog is the best way to go. If you adopt this strategy, your dog will want to do things for you and enjoy the process, this will improve the training.

4.Being closed to new ideas. Don't stick to one idea because it was recommended by so and so who is a professional dog trainer or a best selling dog training book. All tips and techniques are not gospel and are open to modification or amendment based on your real experiences. You see, dogs are just the same as humans in that they learn at different paces and pick up things differently. As you continue to work with your pet you will get a better idea of the best and most effective methods.

5.It is always a fine line to tread between being consistent in your training but keeping it interesting for you and your dog. Avoid getting into a boring routine that will make both of you looking for something else to do. Add little touches to make it fun. Nothing dramatic and also dependent on your dog's nature, but why not do the training in a different location. How about short lessons with a bit of play in between another lesson. Play with the peripheral aspects of the training but keep the fundamentals, like one command per lesson consistent
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