Everything You Need To Know About Dog Training
Many people either believes that dog training is hard or believes that some dogs are simply not trainable. The truth of the matter is that all dogs are trainable and it certainly does not need to be hard work making both these views wrong. What we venture to explore then, in order to get the training of your dog right, are some things you need to do.
If you manage to pass on the essential dog skills to your pooch within a reasonable amount of time, you will be deemed to have gotten the training of your dog right.
Of course, it does not necessarily mean that you are not doing things well if you are taking too long to pass on a certain skills to the dog, finding it impossible to inculcate certain skill in the dog or if the dog keeps on forgetting skill being taught to them. Your skills, aptitude and dedication as a dog trainer and your dog’s natural ability are both variables at play here which you need to keep in mind.
When he or she is learning basic life skills, that would be the best time to start training a dog so that skill you want to pass on to him or her are also adopted alongside those basic canine life skills. Because they would be more deeply ingrained in him or her, the required behaviors would be part of the dog’s personality. What you can give to a dog is attention and conversely, what you can deprive as a punishment to your dog is also attention. Thus, if you want to get your dog to pick a certain behavior, reward him or her when he behaves accordingly and deprive him as a punishment when he also fails to behave accordingly after you simulate or illustrate it.
As a form of punishment, hitting your dog should not be something you should do for the simple reason that the dog would not understand being hit is a form of punishment. Rather, assuming that you are only being violent to him or her is your dog when you hit them. Doing things like running to the road or messing up neighbor’s stuff is something you need to keep your dog from doing and you would be better advised to find ways of restraining his movements rather than hitting him or her.
Sending mixed signals is one of the worst things you can do in the course of training a dog because once a dog gets confused, it becomes very hard to train him or her.