Dog training can be a real challenge for some people, especially first-time dog owners. However, there are things you can do to make training your pet easier and more exciting. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Be Consistent With The Rules
Consistency with rules is very important when it comes to dog training. When you’re able to set clear boundaries for your pet and have everyone in your home follow those rules consistently, your dog will understand the behaviors that are acceptable faster.
For instance, it’s very unfair to punish him for a behavior (i.e. begging at the dinner table) that your spouse or child lets him get away with. Punishing him one day and rewarding him the next for the same behavior will only send your dog mixed signals, leading to unnecessary frustration and confusion. So it’s very important that all your family members are in agreement on which behaviors are acceptable, and which ones aren’t before you start training.
On the same note, you should also be consistent with your words when teaching your dog something new. Use simple words and gestures consistently to make it easier for him to understand.
Find Ways To Motivate Your Dog During Training
One of the ways to keep your dog focused and motivated during training is by offering him rewards. This is especially true when you’re teaching him something challenging or new. Some dogs are willing to work for praise and toys, while others prefer treats instead. Because of this, you should test out different exciting rewards to find out which ones keep your pet’s interest. Once you’ve figured out what motivates him, be sure to switch them on different training days so he doesn’t get bored.
Treat All Dogs Individually During Training
If you have multiple dogs, it’s very easy to assume that the same training methods that worked for dog number 1 will work for dog number 2. However, this isn’t always the case. Every dog is different, so treat each one of them as an individual during training.
Some dogs are distracted more easily than others, and therefore may take longer to train. Don’t get all frustrated if one of your pets isn’t progressing the same way as the previous ones. Adjust your training methods accordingly to suit him and be patient. It’s only a matter of time before he understands perfectly whatever command or tricks you’re trying to teach him.
Know Your Dog’s Limits and Attention Span
Every dog has a limit. Some dogs can focus longer during training while others get easily distracted after 10 minutes or less. Because of this, you should pay attention when working with your pet to understand him better. Does he prefer to be praised as a reward instead of being given treats? Does he get frustrated after five minutes of training? Does he get distracted easily if he hasn’t exercised? If so, modify the training sessions to suit him better.
As a general rule, you should keep your training short and fun so your dog can enjoy the sessions better. In addition, speak clearly and let him know when he has done something good. This will go a long way in motivating him and increasing his focus during training.
Hopefully, with these simple tips in mind, your next dog training session will be much easier.