10 Dog Training Mistakes to Avoid
Jennifer Nicole Cox is a staff writer for Dogasaur.com and proud momma of one unique "Bentley" dog.
As you begin training your dog, you'll probably make some mistakes along the way. And that's okay. New trainers tend to make mistakes as they approach the training process. After all, it's a learning experience for both you and your dog.
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To help you with the training process, I've listed 10 common mistakes below that need to be avoided, especially if your goal is to have a well-trained dog.
Expecting too much. Many dog owners see the fascinating tricks that dogs on TV can do, and they automatically think they can train their dog to do the same. What they forget to consider is that a lot of patience and money went into training those dogs. Remember to only set realistic goals when training your dog.
Being inconsistent. For example, if you don't want your dog to jump on you when you're dressed up, you shouldn't allow him to jump on you when you're dressed down. If you allow him to jump on you during one situation but not the other, you're being inconsistent and your dog will be confused. Another example is training your dog every day. If you only work on training exercises when you feel like it, your dog will never learn.
Correcting your dog too soon. You do not need to give your dog a correction too quickly because doing so will slow down his progress. Your dog is young and needs to get used to the meaning of all the commands before you start correcting his behavior.
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Becoming angry. You should never get angry and punish your dog during the training process. By punishing your dog, you'll be destroying the trust between the two of you and training him will be much more difficult.
Not paying enough attention to your dog. Unless you catch your dog displaying inappropriate behavior, you can't do anything to correct it. You need to always keep a close eye on your dog while you're training him and if at any time you can't give him your full attention, be sure to keep him secluded to a room where he can't do any damage. Putting him in a crate is also an option.
Being impatient. Many dog owners think dogs can be fully trained overnight. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Dog training is a long process that can actually last for several years. Before you start training your dog, remember that it takes a lot of patience in order to get the best results.
Giving up too soon. Unfortunately, many dog owners become frustrated with the training process and give up too soon. They believe that if their pet can't learn to do a trick in a certain amount of time, they'll never learn. When training your dog, don't give up. Your pet will eventually learn the trick. It'll just take some time.
Failing to reward your dog for good behavior. Unless you reward your dog for displaying good behavior, he won't be aware that he's done anything right. Immediate praise is the best reward you can give your dog.
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Ignoring bad behaviors. Many dog owners believe that if their pet displays inappropriate behaviors such as jumping, chewing and aggression, they'll eventually outgrow it. These behaviors are not stages of a dog's development. Instead, they are unacceptable and your dog will continue engaging in the bad behavior unless he's trained not to.
Thinking that the training process is over. Dog training is a learning process and it's never over. Dogs are smart creatures that can learn new things every day, so why stop training them?