Some Excellent And Affective Tips On How To Train Your Dog
Do you find that your dog is being disobedient most of the time? Does the dog not respond to your commands? Is your pet participating in annoying little habits such as jumping up or becomes an uncontrolled barking dog when visitors come into your home? If you experience any of these typical problems, then you need to learn how to train your dog! You can do it yourself or employ the services of a professional dog trainer.
Many owners think their dogs cannot be trained because they consistently choose to ignore their commands; however, this is a myth. In many cases owners actually get rid of their dogs before trying to understand the reasons why their dogs are not acting normally. Let’s take a moment to try to define “a normal dog” from a human perspective.
In human terms, a normal dog:
- Walks by its owner’s side and does not pull the leash.
- Sits and lies down on command.
- Comes when it’s called.
- Picks up the paper and drops it at its owner’s feet.
- Fetch’s the ball when it’s thrown and brings it back to its owner.
These are stereotypical perceptions of the perfect dog.
Ok, let’s take a reality check and see things as they really are. Dogs are creatures with innate abilities and one that has not been proven is that they are mind readers. There are a few circus acts over the years that have tried to make us believe that it’s possible to teach a dog to read minds, however, the evidence does not bear up under scientific scrutiny.
Dogs are creatures of habit, some good and some not so good!
If you want a dog that has so-called “good habits” it needs to learn what that means. So, you need to take the time to teach the dog how to do the things you expect. If you want it to sit on command, you must teach it to sit on command. If you want your pet to go get the ball and bring it back, you must teach it how to pick up the ball and return it to you. You need to make sure that the dog knows what you are trying to achieve and give it the right environment to learn to meet your expectations. Without this, the dog is just going to become more and more confused.
Training starts with the owner, not the dog.
It requires the owner to clearly understand that a dog can only follow the owner’s commands when it understands what it is being asked to do. If the dog is confused and does not perform that activity correctly, it is not because the dog is stupid. It is because the dog is unable to interpret the voice prompts from the owner. It’s like the owner is speaking Russian and the dog speaks Spanish, neither will understand each other’s language. The main purpose of pet dog training is to get the owner and their pet working and communicating on the same page. An owner should never vent their personal frustrations by resorting to abusing the dog by shouting or beating it because it is not going to help it to understand. It will only intimidate and confuse the animal and if it continues will eventually break its spirit.
When a dog has bad habits it is usually as a consequence of the owner not following a structured pattern of behaviour. Remember dogs have inbuilt tendencies to do what comes naturally, and they will follow their instincts before trying to interpret what their owner wants. Too often owners are directly responsible for their dog’s so-called bad habits. The owner’s bad habits and lack of discipline get projected onto the poor dog, which ends up getting the blame for not doing what it’s told. Also, owners don’t have the time or patience to train their dogs. You cannot train a dog by taking a few minutes to throw a stick and then expect the animal to return it.
This is where the professional dog trainer becomes a valuable asset.
They do not only train the dog, they also train the owner to work with the dog in such a way that they both benefit from the experience. Getting your dog trained is a win-win for you and your dog. You will both be happier and enjoy your time together because both of you will be communicating on the same level. The dog knows what it’s supposed to do in response to your commands, and you know what’s possible and what to expect from your dog.