In our previous blog, we talked about ways that you might be the cause of your dog’s bad behaviors. That being said, if you are beginning the training process with your new pup, it’s just as important to know the things you shouldn’t do during training, as it is to know what you should do during training.
If you’re still having difficulties with training your pooch, contact ACDT! Our experts have all the skill and knowledge to help you train your pup to be a well-behaved member of the family. From basic obedience training to more advanced courses, we offer a variety of professional dog training classes to fit the needs of both you and your furry friend. Check out our classes online or contact us today to reserve your spot! We look forward to working with you and your dog soon.
What NOT To Do During Training
Training your dog can be a difficult task, especially if you have a pup who refuses to listen or gets easily distracted. That being said, the things you do during training also have an effect on the results. It’s important to be patient with your pooch, as it may take days or even weeks for Fido to learn a new skill. You also have to be completely committed to the project. Continue reading below to learn about a few mistakes that dog owners make during the training process.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re sad your dog will come and sit by you or lay his or her head on your lap? This happens because dogs respond to the moods of their owners, which has a lot to do with training. In order to be successful in your training methods, you need to be confident. If it’s been a long day of training and you’re not seeing any results, your dog will pick up on your frustrated mood and become frustrated as well.
If you show a lack of confidence during training, your pup will respond by not paying attention or ignoring you altogether. When you show confidence, your dog will be more likely to pick up on your mood and try harder to please you.
During the training process, it’s important that you remain consistent with your commands. In part, consistency means practicing the commands over and over until your dog gets them right every time. The other part of consistency, and arguably the most important part, refers to sticking to your rules. For example:
If you are training your pup to not jump on the couch, but then one night you let him or her sit with you while you watch TV, it can send mixed signals. Day after day, you tell your dog that he or she isn’t allowed on the furniture, then one day you change your mind. You can see how this might be confusing in the eye of the dog. It’s best to stick to the rule or abolish it all together in order to avoid any confusion and anger over bad behavior.
Unlike humans, dogs live their lives in the moment, which is important to remember during training because your pup’s responses are directly correlated to your praise or discouragement.
An example of this might be if you come home from a long day of work to find that Fido has chewed up your new throw pillows. You walk in the door and Fido comes up to greet you like always, but all you see are the destroyed pillows. Your first response might be to scold Fido, but while you might be scolding him for the pillows, the way he sees it, you’re scolding him for coming to greet you at the door.
Because dogs live in the moment, certain training methods like clicker training, which we talked about in a previous blog, are a great way to pinpoint the exact moment your furry friend does something right. When you keep this in mind, it will be easier to reward the good behaviors and discourage the bad behaviors.
These are just a few tips you should keep in mind while you train your dog. If you’re still having trouble, or you need some help from the professionals, ACDT is here to help! Our experts can provide you with the dog training tools you’ll need to help your pooch become a well-behaved member of the family. If you are interested in attending one of our classes, check out our list of professional dog training classes and don’t forget to contact ACDT today to reserve your spot. We look forward to working with you and your pup soon!