Here are 10 common dog training mistakes you may be unintentionally committing.
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Dog training is an important part of the dog care process.
Dogs need training just like kids need education. An untrained dog will not know how to behave in specific situations. Therefore, you must regularly train your dog.
There are many mistakes people commit in the process of dog training. Here are 10 of them. Are you committing any of these?
Waiting for the dog to become an adult before starting training
The training process should start the moment your dog enters your home. However, most guardians prefer to wait till the dog is an adult to start dog training. By the time the dog reaches adulthood, bad behavior and habits have already got ingrained in the dog’s mind.
Dog training is a must
Dog training is something that must be done regularly. You cannot expect your dog to be trained one day and remember the command a week or a month down the line.
Practice makes perfect.
The more you practice the commands with your dog, the faster he will respond. If you are attending puppy school once a week, it is your responsibility to practice the command with your pup during the week.
Never train if you are not feeling up to it.
Several dog guardians feel that they must train their dogs irrespective of their own moods. However, your dog can sense your mood. Your dog will pick up on it and start feeling anxious if you are anxious. Thus, he will not pay attention to training.
Guardians change the rules.
Inconsistency is the biggest mistake in dog training. If you teach your dog one rule, the rule should not change under any circumstances.
One of the biggest mistakes
You cannot train a dog if you do not have patience. Patience, treats and love is a key to a good training process.
Repeating the cue again and again
Whether training your dog or asking your pup to follow commands, the command should be said only once. If you notice that your dog is distracted and is not listening to you, focus your dog’s attention on yourself first and then use the cue.
Most dog guardians deal with this during their initial dog training days.
Commands should be used in a positive environment. If the command causes negative response, the dog will stop following it.
Commands should be reinforced in every location.
When you train your dog in any command, make sure that the command is practiced in all of the rooms of your house, in the backyard, and even on the roads.
Harsh modes of discipline is not the correct way to train.
If you punish your dog for bad behavior or for not following commands, it will not only scare your dog. Never use shock collars or other aversive methods to train.
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