Training your dog is a very important part of being a responsible pet owner. It’s also a fun way to bond with your fur child if you have a taxing schedule and spend a lot of time away from home. We hope that the following tips can steer you in the right direction in terms of making your furry friend as obedient as possible!
Reinforcing good behaviour with rewards is a highly effective way to train your dog. When your dog obeys a command, focus on positive reinforcement by giving them treats, toys, love, or heaps of praise as a reward right away. This establishes a strong link between the reward and the correct behaviour. Likewise, never reward bad behaviour; it’ll only confuse your pet.
Dogs live in the moment. Two minutes after they’ve done something, they’ve already forgotten about it. When your pup is doing something bad, try your chosen training technique right away so he has a chance to make the association between the behaviour and the correction.
According to Sitstay, being consistent is one of the most important parts of dog training. Your dog will learn to follow commands more quickly if you expect and positively reinforce appropriate behaviour consistently, rather than only once in awhile. It’s also essential for all members of your household to use the same commands with your dog to avoid confusion.
Just like a child, your dog needs to have some clear boundaries to respect. When training your dog, work on clearly defining these. These boundaries might include things like not jumping on people, not licking people or not being allowed on the furniture. Just remember you will need to work on training your dog to obey specific commands in order to easily enforce these boundaries.
After a long, taxing training session, remember that your fur child has worked hard to please you! Leave him with lots of praise, a treat, some petting, or five minutes of play. This guarantees he’ll show up at his next class with his tail wagging and ready to work! Never end your training session off with unfinished business. If you tell your pet to sit, don’t give up and end the session early if it takes him half an hour to follow through. Only stop the training once your furball has followed your instructions.
Author: Andrea Wilkins
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