Training a dog requires lots of research, patience and perseverance, to ensure your beloved pup is trained in the best and most effective way possible.
Whether you’re training an energetic new puppy or an older pooch, there’s a lot to consider.
You may ask yourself ‘what are the best dog training methods?’ or even ‘what are the biggest dog training mistakes?’
And that’s great. Asking questions shows that you are eager to train correctly and have your dog’s best interests at heart.
Dog training is a great opportunity to bond with your pooch and incredibly rewarding too. In fact, positive training may even help to bridge the communication gap between the two of you, while also building trust and developing cooperation.
So, whether you’re brand new to training or want to refine your existing skills, we’re on hand to give you the lowdown on what to avoid when training your dog, so you can proceed with complete confidence.
Did you know that many dogs never receive formal training?
Interestingly, a recent study of over 1000 dog owners revealed that only 46.9% of people had attended a dog training class with their pooch, whereas only 33.2% of dogs were formally socialised as puppies.
However, there’s good news. Around 94% of respondents reported that they attempt some training at home, with 99.5% of people believing that rewarding a dog for good behaviour is an acceptable training method.
Training a dog - whether a puppy or senior - is important.
Dogs that aren’t trained typically don’t understand basic commands and can’t be recalled, which can make it hard to keep them under control. This could lead to dangerous or stressful encounters, particularly in public places.
Dogs are pack animals and it is believed that they instinctively crave leadership from their human parents.
If training doesn’t take place or dog parents make common dog training errors, this can cause unwanted behaviours, such as excessive barking, jumping, lead pulling or destructive tendencies.
Just like humans, all dogs are different. This means that some will require minimal training, whereas others will need a lot of training to obtain positive results.
You’ll often find that this is dependent on a number of factors, such as:
While there are many different training methods you can attempt with your pup, the biggest and most long-standing debate typically centres around positive reinforcement vs punishment (sometimes referred to as aversion tactics).
According to the Australian Veterinarian Association, punishment and negative reinforcement should not be used in an attempt to change the behaviour of your dog.
Instead, training is best achieved through the use of positive reinforcement.
Inflicting fear, pain or discomfort upon a dog:
On the flipside, positive reinforcement is:
The reason positive reinforcement tends to work so well is because your dog is motivated to learn and change, as it’s receiving something it desires in exchange for following a command.
Ranking high on the list of most common dog training errors is making training sessions too long.
Dogs have much shorter attention spans than humans, so it’s a good idea to train in short bite-sized chunks, rather than attempting extended sessions. This could be as short as a minute or two, depending on your dog’s tolerance.
Other common mistakes include:
Last but not least, remember patience is key. It may take your dog a while to learn, but with lots of love, consistency and positive reinforcement, you’re well on the way to success.
When it comes to training your pup, we have everything you need!
In fact, they were specially designed and developed because we struggled to find a harness and lead that didn’t interrupt the progress of our training or cause our pooches discomfort.
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