One of the most common complaints dog parents have is that their fur babies doesn’t listen or obey to instructions/simple commands. However, imagine putting yourself in their shoes. Will you be able to pay attention or obey if someone keeps speaking to you in a foreign language which you don’t understand?
This is why proper communication and training methods matters. Not only does training your dog make your life easier, it also helps to improve the bond between you and your dog.
In this post, we share 9 essential tips that you can note down when you are attempting to train your dog and in maintaining a healthy owner-dog relationship.
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Tip #1 Set A Schedule
Never rush the training progress. Treat your dog as if he/she’s a kid – in the perspective that a kid needs a structure to follow in his/her life and without a set schedule it’s bound to get really messy.
You won’t want your dog to be irritable and indiscipline – so set scheduled times for interaction, feeding, exercise, and any kind of training.
Training sessions can be as frequent as three times a day but each session should not be longer than 10-15 minutes. Studies have shown that dogs learn much better when you break the training session into short 10-15 sessions ending with rest or play time. It is also important to end each session when your pup have made progress, be it how little.
Tip #2 Become The Leader And Everyone Plays A Part
Your dog needs the presence of a leader to look up to.
Hence you need to assume the role of the “pack leader” and set the terms in your training sessions- He should play by your rules and your guidelines. Be confident, clear and firm as a pack leader.
Despite that there should only be one prominent leader in the family, every member in the household should play a part. There should only be one standard set of rules agreed among all members to avoid confusing your dog when he/she display the same behavior to different family members.
Tip #3 It’s All In The Mind
Dogs are very sensitive animals – they can sense if you are uncertain or are fearful, hence you must control the situation by maintaining your role as the leader.
Similarly, conduct each training sessions when you are feeling calm. If you are feeling angry or frustrated due to other personal or work issues, it will greatly affect the training atmosphere and progress.
It is advisable to burn some of your dog’s energy prior to each training session so that it will help him/her to concentrate better. And always schedule a session prior to a meal otherwise treats as positive rewards won’t be enticing.
Tip #4 Recognize That A Dog Is Not Human
It sounds real obvious isn’t it? A dog is still a dog, and it’s a common ‘mistake’ for owners to treat their dogs in a humanized manner. We love their “doggyness” because they don’t think and act like humans and that’s what make them so special to us.
No doubt you should love your dog, but do not treat him as a human (baby/kid). Avoid assumptions that your dog should understands his/her role and adjust your expectation according to their physical and mental limitation.
Tip #5 Discipline & Punishment Are Not The Same
There’s no need for any punishment with proper dog training. You can be strict in disciplining your pup but do not punish them as they don’t understand what they did wrong and punishing won’t help. Instead, rewarding them with treats when they did a right behavior is much more effective for them to understand better.
Be patient as it takes time and effort to see some improvement in your dog’s behavior. Don’t be distracted or led off the track from your goal of properly training your dog.