Who Needs More Training? You Or The Dog?
Dogs come in to this world knowing absolutely nothing. They could come from the finest stock, but unless they are trained, they will have no clue how they are supposed to properly act.
Most people get incredibly frustrated trying to train their dog. This results in many unruly dogs that are either given free rein to wreak havoc or are given up to shelters, or even abandoned.
The problem that many people face is that they keep trying to train the dog, rather than taking the time to train themselves…
Think about it!
When training a dog, what’s the most important thing?
When first training a dog, you have to make sure that you are doing everything EXACTLY the same, each and every time! Even a slight variation in the technique can hinder your dog’s learning.
This means that when training a dog to sit, you are using the same exact command, hand technique, posture stance, and location. Any variation in even one of these factors can confuse your dog!
You have to train yourself to be consistent!!
Dogs LOVE being in a routine. After all, they are creatures of habit!
What this means for you is that you should try and train your dog at the same time of the day, every day. Maybe take 5 minutes after each morning and evening walk to practice sit, stay, down commands with your dog!
Not only will they learn at a much quicker rate, but they will also consider this to be fun and exciting and get tired a lot quicker!
Remember to also BE POSITIVE when training your dog!!! Read all about the mirror method of dog training here!
Look, we know training a dog is not easy and can be incredibly frustrating at times. We also know how worthwhile it is when you and your puppy end up sharing that special bond after hours of training together.
If you are in the market for a new dog or puppy but don’t have time to train them the basic commands, think about adopting an older dog. Typically, someone put the time and effort in to train them, so you get to reap all of the benefit. Older dogs often have a much harder time finding a home than puppies, so you’ll be doing a great deed.