After years of training, people might think training a dog is a natural, nearly intuitive process for humans. However, we make honest training mistakes that lead to nagging misbehaviours and strained relations. Whether you are considering offline or online dog training, below are some common mistakes that dog owners make and how to improve your chances of keeping you and your beloved pet on the straight and narrow:
Not Training your Dog Often Enough
The majority of homeowners teach basic behaviors and routines to their dogs. However, after the relationship stabilizes, people let their dogs go on an “auto-pilot” mode. As a result, response times for significant behaviors can worsen. Usually, the dog will not even respond.
To keep your dog’s established behavior sharp, work them regularly and randomly, many times every day. Teach a new behavior every month to keep the dog’s mind and motivation up.
Expecting Too Much Too Soon
Building your dog’s ability in any particular cue is equivalent to the journey of a child through school. You would not expect a 9-year-old child to learn addition and subtraction to go on to the advanced algebra that children many years their seniors are doing.
Thus, just because you have taught your dog to come when you call inside the house, it does not mean they can come when you call at the dog park. You can get your dog to the next level by building their skills through the lower levels. Therefore, you must slowly increase the challenge to build the ability of your dog to succeed in tougher situations over time.
Not Using the Rewards Right
One of the biggest mistakes that dog owners make when training their dogs is holding a visible treat in their hands while asking Fido to complete and action. Once the dog sees what is in store for them, they may give whatever behavior they think might win them the reward. But, if the treat is not present, the behavior will fall apart.
Thus, rather than holding the treat in front of the dog before they complete a cue, it must be visible only after a sequence of action-and-consequence. For example, make sure the treat only appears after the dog sits.
Using a Raised Voice
Dogs are much happier to respond to a request when spoken with happiness and excitement. When you raise a voice to your dog, it might think you are angry and may avoid you at all costs.
Training for Too Long
Stop the training sessions after you see positive results and continue at a later time. Training too long can get the dog bored and lose interest in learning the new behavior you are trying to teach. You don’t need to hammer the training all in one day. Keep in mind that training is a process, so it will take time.
Training in the Same Place
When training your dog, don’t confine the training to one place. Although your dog will learn to behave in your house, they may have a tougher time paying attention when they get outside.
Author Bio – Odell Holiday has written for many websites. He’s the husband of Cheri who runs her own business, and father of two boys and a girl. He’s also best friends with his German Shepherd, Gizmo.