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Four Tips for Training Your Dog for Life
Dog training is not always as simple as it would sound. You have to not only find a technique that works but also be consistent in using that technique. In addition, you have to know whether or not the technique is actually working or if your dog is simply getting a treat out of the mix. Aside from the worries and the uncertainties, however, you will find that there are some tips that you can follow to be sure that your dog is retaining his training and learning what you want him to learn.
1. Be generous with affection and treats
Positive reinforcement will go a long way in helping your dog reach the level of training that you want to see. Be sure that you are showing your affection for your dog regularly and that you are rewarding them for doing things that you want them to do. It is important that you dog understands when they have done something good so that they know to continue doing it that way. Making you happy makes your dog happy: it is a win-win for all involved.
2. Rather than “no,” voice another command
Since dogs and humans do not speak the same language, it may be harder for your dog to really understand what you are saying and want of them. One way to battle this is to find commands that they do understand and use them. For example, if your dog jumps up on you in his excitement, you may be tempted to yell “no.” However, this may not have the effect you want; he may simply jump higher or to the other side of you. Instead of “no,” try saying, “sit” so that he has something to do instead of jumping.
3. Consistency is necessary
Being consistent in your training techniques will be the biggest factor in the success of your dog’s training. If you are not consistent with your commands or sticking to it the training at all times, you will lose ground, and your dog may stop listening to certain commands. If you are consistent and show that you expect your dog to obey, they will be more likely to follow through and do what they are told.
4. Show that you are happy
Attitude is everything, especially when you are training your dog. It is good for you to be happy when training your dog; they will know when you are frustrated, irritated, or angry and they will respond accordingly. The tone of your voice and the look on your face will show your dog what and how you are feeling; to avoid complications in training, use a smile, and incorporate happiness in your voice. A bad attitude is detrimental to progress, so you will need to make adjustments for frustrations.
When you are training your dog, it is important to remember that you are also training yourself. As you put the various training techniques into use with your dog, you should also be training yourself to use those techniques and use them consistently. This will make all the difference in the effectiveness of your training.