Many people believe that dog training is difficult. Many also believe that some dogs are not trainable. Both of these views are wrong. The truth of the matter is: All dogs can be trained and training a dog doesn’t have to be very difficult. Indeed, training a dog can be fun. Of course it is true that some dog breeds are easier to train than others. What we do not agree with, however, is the claim that there are dogs that cannot be trained – because that is not quite true. What we dare explore then are some of the things you need to do to get your dog’s training right.
Parameters for measuring success
If you succeed in transferring the necessary canine skills to your dog within a reasonable time, your dog has been properly trained.
Also, if you consistently master the basic dog skills, your dog has been properly trained. In other words, you won’t be very successful in training your dog if the dog forgets the skills taught in one day.
So, in short, the parameters by which success in dog training can be measured include:
– Time spent on transferring basic skills to the dog.
– Skills instilled in the dog.
– How long the skills are held by the dog.
Of course, this will not happen if you take too long to pass on certain skills to the dog, if you find it impossible to instill certain skills in the dog, or if the dog continues to forget the skills that were taught to him. it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not doing things well. You have to keep in mind that there are two variables at play here. The first is your skill, talent and commitment as a dog trainer. And the second of these is your dog’s natural ability – against a background where some dog breeds ‘pick up’ things faster than others.
Early start as key to success in training dogs
Simply put, there are some skills you can teach a dog only when they are young. This means that the common belief that puppies under six months old should not be trained is completely wrong. In fact, there are some skills you will find difficult to teach to a dog older than six months. It is worth noting that unlike us humans, dogs are (in some ways) highly developed animals, and the process of learning life skills begins as soon as they are born. Therefore, a puppy that loses its mother at three months of age can survive in the wild, while a human puppy that loses its mother at the same age will be very difficult to survive on its own. similar environment.
The best time to start training a dog now is when he has learned the basic life skills so that the skills you want to pass on to him are also adopted along with these basic dog life skills. This way, the necessary behaviors will become part of the dog’s personality. They were more deeply entrenched in him. This does not mean that an older dog cannot be trained. You just have a harder (and less fun) time to train the older dog.
It later turns out that some people who get the impression that their dogs are not trainable tend to be people who try to teach their dogs certain skills too late in their dogs’ lives. When dogs fail to choose such skills, they are labeled as bone-headed – whereas it’s not really their fault that they can’t choose the skills, rather, it’s the trainer’s fault that they haven’t started training sooner.
Proper use of rewards and corrections as the key to success in dog training.
When we get to the core of dog training, it turns out that various skills and behaviors can only be transferred and ingrained in dogs with the proper use of rewards and corrections.
The greatest reward you can give a dog is attention. And on the contrary, the biggest correction/punishment you can give a dog is to lack attention.
So, if you want to get your dog to choose a certain behavior, you need to liken (or rather exemplify) him and then reward him (carefully) when he behaves accordingly, while also punishing or punishing him. when he does not behave accordingly (with lack of attention). Simply lovingly caring for the dog is a way of ‘rewarding’ him with attention. Loving it is another form of attention reward. Verbally praising the dog is another way to reward him with attention. True, the dog may not understand the words, but can feel the emotions behind it. The dog seems to have this ability.
By the way, if your dog enjoys your attention while doing something right, and if you deprive him of that attention as soon as he starts doing something wrong, he will instantly perceive the reaction and associate his misbehavior with his lack of attention. Tends to correct behavior to regain your attention. These things work especially well if the dog you are trying to train is still young.
But what you should not do is hit the dog as a form of punishment/correction: The simple reason is that the dog does not understand that being hit is a form of ‘punishment’. Instead, the hit pooch will assume you’re just violent towards him. If the dog continues to do things like run into the road or go through the neighbor’s things, you’d better find ways to restrict his movements rather than hitting him.
Patience as the key to success in training dogs
You cannot be successful in dog training unless you are patient. You must remember that dogs take some time to choose ideas that seem too simple to us as humans. There are people who have the misconception that you can only be successful in dog training if you are ‘tough’. Rather, this is one of those efforts where kindness and the ‘soft approach’ work better than the hard Spartan approach to training.
Insist on the training of dogs as the key to success
Closely related to patience (as the key to success in dog training) is persistence. You won’t be successful as a dog trainer if you give up too easily – that is, like you show a dog a desired behavior and then give up if the dog doesn’t get it right away. The fact of the matter is that you need to show a dog a behavior of desire several times while using the necessary supplements until the dog finally learns what is expected of him.
Consistency as the key to success in training dogs
This is, for example, a scheme that once you have decided on a particular reinforcement (reward or punishment), you must apply it consistently so that the trained dog can understand what it really means. One of the worst things you can do when training a dog is to send mixed signals because once a dog is confused, it becomes very difficult to train.
Other keys to successful dog training
Besides, you may need to do more research (online or in the library) before you start.
And if your DIY efforts to train your dog fail, you should consider enlisting the help of a professional trainer before giving up the dog altogether.