Never give up on your dog, no matter how tired or frustrated you are. Without reinforcement, your dog will revert to his old behaviours. The learning process for dogs is a constant one; with reminders and positive reinforcement needed along the way.
A key element to good dog training is to set your dog up for success. Sometimes we inadvertently make things too hard and 'test' our dogs, leading to a higher chance of failure. We want the dog to constantly succeed at the things we ask them to do. We wouldn't ask someone to sit a test if they'd never had access to the right level of learning materials – nor should we expect our dogs to come back if we've never properly taught them how.
Interesting dog health/training tip: Read up on food intolerance in dogs – your dog's behaviour is directly influenced by their diet to a much higher degree than many people realise. If your dog is not receiving the right nutrition for their age, breed and lifestyle they will never reach their full mental potential.
These 5 quick tips should keep you track for complete dog obedience success:
1. Patience is a virtue. Sometimes it takes a while for a dog to 'click'. Stick with it.
2. Never train if you are tired or upset. Dogs know. They just do.
3. Short, sharp and successful is key. You want your dog to succeed. When they do, reward and rest for the day.
4. Take things one step at a time. Dog training is like building a house, you need a good foundation before you try to put the roof on.
5. Remember, your dog is desperate to please you. If you always keep this in mind you'll be able to keep a positive, happy outlook.
Remember, every dog who ever competed at the top levels of obedience or became the source of their owner's great pride started as a puppy, a blank canvas. Keeping things simple, upbeat and rewarding is the secret to getting the results you desire.Oh, and one last thing, learning about techniques such as clicker training can't do any harm!
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