Training your dog can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can also be a very frustrating one. If you are not ready to put in the necessary time and effort then it may be best to consider using a professional dog trainer to teach them the basics. You know – come, sit, lay down, fetch, etc. But, if you want to do it your self then here are few things you will want to keep in mind.
The number one rule in do-it-yourself dog training is consistency.
For example, if you want your dog to sit before you give him his food or treat then you need to wait until he does that every time, before you give him the food or treat, until he learns the behavior. Easy right? The problem is, dog owners often forget or are too rushed to do this consistently and end up sabotaging their own training goals.
Another helpful hint is to have realistic expectations.
Even if your dog is as smart as Lassie, they still have limitations and so do you. Some training may require more time, effort and skill to learn than others and at the end of the day, not all tasks are realistic for your dog to learn or even for you to teach. Also, try to establish realistic training goals from the very beginning. This is much easier than waiting until your dog has bad habits and then trying un-train them. Finally, remember that not all dogs are created equal. If your dog is slow to train, it doesn’t mean he can’t be trained. Having realistic expectations will help you be patient and not give up.
The last and best advice we can give is to be very generous with love and affection!
There is no doubt that dogs always respond better to training when it is administered in a caring and loving manner rather than in harsh, bitter tones. If you train your dog in a loving way then at the very least they will learn to be loving in return– even if they can’t fetch Timmy from the well.
Maybe your dog won’t be on a talk show or get a million hits on YouTube. But, if they have learned to be happy, loving animals then you have done your job well! At the end of the day, isn’t that what all good dog owners want?