When Training Your Dog, Don’t Do It This Way!

Nearly every dog owner wants to teach their dog properly.  However, nearly an equal number seriously misjudge the amount of time and discipline it takes to train a dog.  This results in a familiar set of misjudgments that are often made that could, with more or less effort, be totally avoided.

Dogs should not be treated as hairy kids.  Even though the typical dog has the psychological development of a two year old child, there are more contrasts than similarities.  While dogs are amazing at processing language, they are unable to think as people do.  They can’t put together cause and effect the way humans do.

For instance , when you instruct your dog to “go lie down” you may want him to head to his sofa dog bed or crate .  In the beginning, if you don’t assist him to make the connection between the command and his dog bedding by bodily taking him there as you are giving the command, you are setting him up for frustration .

This can start being highly frustrating as the same command is repeated over and over, and the dog appears to reject the commands.  usually it is not ignoring the command; it is likely that they don’t understand it.  It seems it should be obvious because they’ve exhibited the correct behavior many times previously, but today they are being stubborn.

Some dogs probably would be called headstrong if they were human.  However, they can be thrown off easily or not be able to put together the command of “stay” today with yesterday’s behavior and subsequent reward.  There are some feasible explanations for this behavior.

Patience is the one characteristic that dog owners need.  You must be patient enough to repeat those same commands over and over again, knowing that there will be times when you won’t get the conclusions you await and are looking for.  There are many dogs that require two years to learn commands over and above the most simple to the degree that it really sticks.

Don’t forget that patience means that you restrain your temper when what you really want is to smack or yell at your dog.  It’s common to think about taking the easy route of physical punishment as the first option for altering the dog’s behavior.  However, this should be reserved for only the most serious circumstances.  The dog doesn’t really comprehend why they’re being hit.  This will not instill trust, but to the contrary fear.

However, dogs are like people because they also will more readily follow those that are trusted than those that are feared.  They only follow those that they fear when they have no other option.  But dogs make decisions very differently than people do.  They usually withstand any punishment they receive without really learning from it.  Corporal punishment is not an effective training technique.

Here’s how NOT to Instruct your dog:

  • Fail to remember that your dog has a nature different from yours and speak to them like they were people.
  • Continue to think that a dog can connect events across time and circumstances draw the same conclusion as you.
  • Get frustrated and irritable when they don’t act as you want them to. Punish them for not behaving the way you want.

Follow these completely fruitless methods and you’ll end up with a disturbed dog and you will be an unhappy owner. But if this isn’t the outcome you are looking for, be prepared to adjust YOUR behavior, before you try to change the behavior of the dog.

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