COMMON MISTAKES WHEN YOU ARE TRAINING A DOG
Posted on January 08 2021
Have you decided to teach your dog to sit, paw or wait still somewhere? Do you want to improve or correct a behavior that you don't like? Perfect! Dogs have a great ability to learn new things and correct unwanted behaviors. Of course, it is important to be very patient, to be methodical, not to give up and not to fall into the typical mistakes.
Positive training is important and consists of using rewards - snacks, caresses and loving words - as reinforcement of good behavior and not physical abuse, punishment or yelling. With these last measures, the only thing that is achieved is that the animal becomes afraid, that it becomes immune to screaming and / or that it ignores us, since it will know that it is going to be scolded and, therefore, it will act out of fear of what that may happen to you. And this is what we don´t want.
A good idea to achieve results is to put yourself, for a time, in the hands of a dog trainer, someone who can give you some guidelines and then work on your own with the pet. The behavior of a dog is very particular and we do not always know how to decipher the reasons that lead it to act in one way or another. Instead, a training expert will know how to give the best advice. The advice of an expert will be especially necessary when what you are trying to correct is dangerous, very repetitive or very unpleasant behavior.
We all like the idea of sharing good and unforgettable moments with our furry friend, but for this we must also focus on educating him and teaching him such basic things how to come to our call when we are out for a walk.
However, many mistakes are often made when training a dog due to lack of experience and because we sometimes try to imitate techniques seen on television or videos on the Internet.
To avoid these problems, we want to show you which are the most common mistakes when you are training a dog.
Do sessions without preparing the dog
One of the most frequent mistakes when you are training a dog is trying to do it without having allowed the dog to release its excess energy prior to training.
Before starting any training session, it is highly recommended to take a good walk with the dog, letting it relieve itself, smell things and play with other dogs.
It is important and essential that the dog has satisfied his anxiety and released his energy to be able to start a canine education session correctly; otherwise, the dog's concentration will not be counted on.
Not understanding the dog's age ranges
The training of a dog can start from six months of life, and always little by little, with a lot of patience. When they are one year old, that is when more serious sessions can begin.
The only thing that can and should be done with dogs less than six months old, is to start teaching them to relieve themselves outside the home and some tricks like coming to the call or sitting down.
On the other hand, you have to be aware that an adult dog will be more stubborn when it comes to learning than a young dog. You cannot compare a one-year-old dog with a ten-year-old.An adult dog will have a harder time learning new things.
Picking a bad place for training
Once the dog has walked, played and tired for a long time, it is time to start the training session. It is important to choose a quiet place to start.
Another mistake when training a dog is trying to do it on a street where there is a lot of traffic or noises that can make you lose concentration, both of the dog and the person. It is important to choose a quiet place and where, if possible, there are no dogs or people to distract you.
It should be a pleasant place, where it is neither too cold nor too hot and where there is no excess noise. It can be outside -such as a quiet park- or at home -in a room the two of you, without distractions.
Do not repeat sessions frequently
Another of the most common mistakes when training a dog is to teach him a trick and repeat it the next day to see if the dog remembers it.
When teaching something to the dog, you have to be insistent ad nauseam. No matter how simple the trick may be, it must be practiced in every training session. And if dogs learn by repetition, the more times something is practiced, the better it will be recorded in the dog's mind. And, of course, every time the dog does well, give him a treat.
Not knowing how to understand our dog
It is one thing to know more or less the canine language to know how our dog is doing and another very different thing is to know how to tell our dog what we want him to do.
It happens many times that we, as dog owners, do not know how to properly train a dog and we get frustrated thinking that it will not learn... but in reality, what is needed is to follow a series of steps, be consistent and have a lot of patience to educate our four-legged friend.
If you follow all these tips and arm yourself with patience, without a doubt, you and your dog will understand each other perfectly at the time of training.