Learning about dog training should be the first step you take before actually training your dog. There are plenty of sources you can go to, but sometimes it just results in information overload.
Dog training is not really all that hard. One thing to remember is that many dogs just want to please their masters. The problem can be communication. Of course there is a language barrier, and owners need to get your dog to understand what you want.
Canine training can be summed up with just a few tips. Lets take a look at some of the things that I have used in order to train my dog, making both he and I happier.
Try to avoid the negatives that often come with training. Hitting or striking your dog, either by hand or with an object will only teach the dog to fear you. A stern verbal NO, is OK, but don’t go any further than that, or you risk alienating the animal. Focusing on praise and rewards when your dog acts as it should is the better way to go.
Praising your dog of course reinforces the correct behavior. Loving or petting your dog for acting positive behaviors is of course nice, but experience has shown better results happen when treats are distributed at the time the behaviors observed. When you really think about it, food motivates humans, so to it works with our four legged friends.
Body movement can also influence your dog’s behavior. Many canines can actually can actually sense and read your body language before any verbal communication is given. A technique that works well in doing this is to match a verbal instruction with the specific movement of either the hand, arm, or even leg.
Never giving up is the final key to successful dog training. Sure at times it is frustrating. It would certainly be easier to give up, go sit on the couch and watch your DirecTV, but you need to be consistent in your training. Your dog is not going to train himself, and training usually takes longer than you want it to. It is so important to keep this in mind when things are tough with your dog. Things won’t always fall into place, so don’t give up at the first sign of trouble.
Training your four legged companion can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. Keeping these brief tips in mind will help you keep on track in your natural dog training efforts.