How do you keep your pupper on a longer leash when you know they’re going to be a fuzzy blur the second there’s some give? By training them, of course.
Dog training can do wonders for your canine relationship, instilling a feeling of trust that was previously missing.
Here’s what basic dog training’s all about.
Reward Good Behavior
Dogs aren’t much different from kids. Give them positive reinforcement, and they’ll repeat the same behavior just for that chicken liver treat.
According to dog behaviorists, correcting in a harsh manner might work in the moment, but it’s unlikely to put a full stop to a bad habit. Instead of admonishing them, a better way to stop it is through exercise and reward-based training. The reward doesn’t have to be a snack; it could be toys or something as simple as a rub or a pet. It should, however, always include a verbal compliment in doggy language.
Keep it Short and Sweet
Don’t dive right into training after you’ve brought them home. This applies more to rescues as they might be traumatized from a previous experience and need more time to adjust to their new surroundings.
After you start, though, be sure to spread out the sessions. Don’t make them long as it’ll be too much for even the most intelligent dogs to take in. Private dog trainers recommend a short ten to fifteen-minute long session at a time and repeating it throughout the day to make it a habit.
Don’t Repeat Cues
Cue words like “go”, “sit”, or “fetch” should only be said once because they won’t get a response if you say them in pairs or multiple times. Your friend there could tune you out, not respond even when you say it once, and have you wondering why you had to get the one dog that’s immune to cues.
Choose the Right Time
Getting the timing right’s important because if the dog’s not hungry then it won’t be as committed to achieving a reward. Schedule training before mealtime to ensure single-minded focus.
Beware, though, because sometimes, good behavior only lasts as long as they’re getting rewarded. Once training ends, they’ll be back to their old selves. Be sure to withhold the reward early on in the training because, as mentioned earlier, punishment is cruel and ineffective.
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