Raising a good dog is not easy. Unfortunately, inexperienced dog owners often make mistakes when training and raising their pets. Because of such improper actions, they fail to achieve the desired results, and in the worst case, you will get a dog with behavioral problems.
So be sure to check out this list of common dog training mistakes, so you don’t repeat them. By applying these tips, you will be able to train your dog more quickly and effectively.
1. Exercise too infrequently
If you train your dog only occasionally, he will not remember commands. It is better to make time for training every day or even several times a day. You don’t need a lot of time.
A training session can last just 4-10 minutes.
I understand that setting aside time specifically for training is often difficult. But you can do it during your daily activities. For example, do the training before you give your puppy food or during a walk. You can practice the “sit” or “place” commands.
2. Start training too late
Some dog owners think they don’t need to train puppies because they are small. But this is a waste of precious time. If you wait too long, your furry baby may get behavioral problems that are difficult to correct later.
Trainers used to advise to start training at 6 months of age, but now everyone has realized that the optimal age for this — is 7-8 weeks. Read about what commands you can learn at this age here.
3. Behaving inconsistently
One day you’re playing tug of your pants with your dog, and the next day you forbid it. You can’t do that, or you will confuse your pet. If you forbid something, you should always stick to your strategy.
4. Encouraging bad behavior
You may do this unknowingly, for example, if you try to calm your dog when it cries at night or barks a lot. Often parents in these situations start talking to their dog, or worse, picking him up. The animal will perceive such attention as a reward for its behavior and will continue to behave the same way.
You need to ignore the wrong behavior and try to eliminate its causes. This advice works in situations where your dog is over-active when you come home, jumps on you or bites your hands.
5. Expecting quick results
Some people get frustrated if their dog doesn’t learn a command in a few lessons or weeks.
So they stop the classes. But here it is essential to be patient and not to give up. Did you learn to drive a car in a week? No.
Different dogs can take different amounts of time to memorize things. Some may take weeks, some may take months. It depends on the character, breed, and age of your dog.
6. Physically punishing or yelling at the dog
Once upon a time, the carrot and stick method was used. But since then, research has shown that forceful training methods can be psychologically detrimental. Therefore, it is better to use the method of positive reinforcement.
For example, if you scold a dog for an “accident” on the carpet and poke his nose in a puddle, the result can be the opposite. The dog will be afraid of you, but it will not stop doing its business. It is better to reward him for good behavior, and then the dog will choose that option himself.
Not only treats can be used as positive reinforcement. You can also praise your dog, pet or cuddle him.
7. Hold classes only at home
With this approach, dog owners may find that their pet, who has learned the command at home, will disobey outside. The animal simply has not been trained to obey in situations where it is distracted by something.
Trainers recommend taking the dog with you to different places more often. Visit friends, go on picnics, go to the store. And every time repeat the commands you have learned at home.
Then your dog will learn to obey you even when he is distracted.
8. Using treats as a reward EVERY time
Dogs that have been trained to obey with treats for an extended time will not want to follow a command without a “bribe” in the future. So you need to take the treats away sometimes and use only verbal praise. You can’t carry treats around with you all the time, can you?
Over time, the number of treats you give your dog should decrease, but you don’t have to give them up completely.
9. Start with challenging commands
If your dog doesn’t know any commands yet, it won’t be successful to try to teach him “talk,” “give me a paw,” or “catch an object.” Start by teaching your puppy simple things like “sit”, “lie” “down”, “no” (as well as teaching it to recognize its name). These are the most useful skills that will be useful to you in everyday life.
Only when you learn the most basic commands, and complete basic training (such as potty and leash training), only then can you move on to some challenging commands and tricks.
10. Don’t stick to daily routines
All dog owners need to make a daily routine and stick to it. Walk your dog at the same time, feed it at the same time, and go to bed at the same time.
Try to create such a schedule from the first days of your puppy’s arrival in your home. You can print it out and hang it somewhere visible. Trust me, this approach will pay off for you.
First, it will make your dog more disciplined (and such dogs are easier to train). Second, dogs who have a schedule are less anxious.
Don’t feel bad if you recognize yourself on this list. You did it because you didn’t know how to do it right. And you’re not the only one! Just start over, and don’t give up. There are no hopeless situations. Good luck with your fur baby!