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Over the years, the way dogs are trained has been modified. In the 1950s, correction training was used, while over the years newer training techniques have come about. This article is going to cover some of the top training tips that are effective for training your dog today.
Train Your Dog on a Regular Schedule
When it comes to training your dog, it is just like teaching your child appropriate behaviors. You must be consistent and train on a regular schedule so they can learn what is appropriate and what is not. If you aren’t consistent and don’t follow a schedule, you will find that it takes longer than you like to get your dog’s behavior where you want it to be.
Train in 15 Minute Intervals
Like children, dogs have short attentions spans, especially when they are puppies. By breaking up the training sessions into 15-minute intervals you will find that they will get distracted less. If you go longer than 15 minutes both of you are at risk of becoming frustrated.
Start with One Person and Slowly Involve Others
When training first begins, you want to make sure that you are the only person giving out the commands. Once they start to obey your commands then it is okay to involve other household members. You want to do it this way because they will look at you as the pack leader instead of being confused about who it is that they should be obeying when first starting training sessions.
Train in Distraction Free Areas
Train your dog in a place that is free from distractions. If you try to do so when a ton of other things are going on, you aren’t going to have their full attention. Instead, they will be focusing on everything else going on around them.
When you are teaching your dog the commands, make sure that you always use the same action words. For example, you can keep things basic such as using words like “Sit”, “roll over”, “paw”, and “stay”.
Reward Them for Doing Good
Everyone loves to be rewarded or at least shown some sort of appreciation when they do a good job and this includes our furry friends. While training, if your dog is performing the commands well give them a hug, pet, or even a treat.
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You must have patience with your dog to avoid causing them to become nervous or frustrated. Just like any learning experience, it is going to take time. You simply won’t be able to rush the process.
Work on One Thing Each Training Session
Don’t throw too much at your dog at once. Wait until they have mastered one command before you start throwing in the next thing. Additionally, when doing training sessions after they have mastered multiple commands make sure the training session still consists of one thing.
Let Them Have Rest Days
Just like with humans, our furry friends need rest days too, especially if they aren’t feeling well. Think about it, when you are focusing on learning or doing something do you go nonstop 7 days a week? Probably not, so you shouldn’t expect them to do so either.
No Shouting or Hitting
Shouting at your furry friend isn’t going to make the situation better. The only thing that you are accomplishing is instilling fear in them and making them feel uncomfortable around you. Plus, hitting can be considered cruel punishment and animal abuse in most situations. You brought them into your family at free will, so give them the love and care that they deserve.
Final Thoughts on Effectively Training Your Dog
Training a dog can be time-consuming and sometimes stressful. I remember when I went through the training process when we brought Benji home. However, if you do it while they are puppies and train them using the advice shared above, you will find that the journey won’t be that bad at all.
What is your top tip for training dogs?