6 useful tips for teaching your dog
Are you ready to become a professional coach for your beloved ones? Socialization and proper training are among your dog's basic needs. That's why it's important to start training your dog as soon as possible. All of us as responsible dog owners know the basic command, but few people know the simple secrets that can be helpful during training and stimulate dogs' attention. Here is some information to improve your training proces.
Teacher’s skill is student’s success
First of all, try to be clear when talking to the dog. The commands should be simple and clearly pronounced. For example, the classic commands like "come", "watch me", "down", "take it", "drop it", and "stay" are quite powerful, simple, and easy to remember. Trying to talk some sense into a dog by saying, "Oh my God, stop doing that," or, "Wow, stop chewing my boots," will not have the desired effect, because such phrases are too complicated. Remember when working with your puppy that they don't perceive language as well as humans do.
Be strong and maintain control
Yelling at a dog is an ineffective method to achieve the goals. Try to be confident when ordering your dog something, don't yell or lose control. Dogs have intuition and they will most likely feel your frustration and get frustrated, too. Remember that only clear and confident commands will let the doggy understand what you want them to do.
Be timely with responding to your dog's actions
Excessively late comments after an incident are ineffective. If you need to correct your dog’s behavior you should do it prior to or at least during the undesirable action. Dogs forget what happened within minutes, so it's important to respond to your dog's behavior immediately. You have to do your best to prevent unwanted behavior or at least stop it without waiting for it to end. Otherwise, your dog either won’t understand what’s going on or will take even punishment as a form of much-desired attention that will reward unwanted behavior.
Explain all the rules to your family members
If you don't live alone, your family members need to know all the rules as well. Explain to them and your guests things your dog isn't allowed to do. For example, if you don't allow a doggy to eat from the table, everyone around you should know about this rule. If other family members or guests are not aware of it, they may start feeding the dog. These actions will confuse fur-ball and harm the training process. Avoid these misunderstandings.
Encourage your doggy's good behavior
Encouraging a dog for good behavior is much more effective than punishing for bad behavior. Instead of taking out all your anger on the four-pawed friend for chewing your lovely shirt, encourage them to chew a toy. Don't forget that dogs in general don't have a clear idea of what is good and what is bad. Be patient and keep calm.
The way to a dog's heart is through their stomach
- Most dogs are hungry all the time. Encourage desirable behavior with a treat and the pup will likely do that again.
- Give treats in small pieces. Dried or boiled meat or organ meats will serve as a cheap alternative to store-bought dog treats, and they are also very easy to cook and chop into desired pieces.
- Treats in the form of rewards are just for teaching your dog a new trick. Once the pup is confident in performing a certain action, replace treats with praise.
We hope that our tips will help you to communicate well with your doggy. Be fair, consistent, and understanding with them. And they will reward you in return with their love and loyalty!
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