How To Break Bad Habits In Your Canine With Training
Dog training is a universal skill that people who wish to raise a dog or dogs, as part of the family, need to acquire. Some dogs learn quickly and others are slow. There are a number of ways to train your dog, or dogs, and the following will help you along your path to gaining the skills you need.
Understand that training takes time. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking a dog is ‘untrainable’ when things don’t go according to plan immediately. Some dogs respond to commands sooner than others, and it is usually according to breed and age. If you have adopted an older dog, it may take a long time, as he will already be set in his ways. Remember to be patient, and understand that a dog always wants to please his owner in the long run.
Train your dog by keeping the leash lax. A tight leash will cause the dog to instinctively pull, which will make him feel restricted. A loose leash will give your dog a somewhat limited sense of freedom, which will be a positive thing when you begin training him and he feels like he has pleased you.
Learn to understand what your dog is saying through facial expression. Many people fail to see that a dog says even though his he communicates non-verbally with his face, just as we do. When you are training your dog, take some time to see how he responds to commands, rewards and your behavior. Watching his facial expressions will be useful as training progresses and give you a better understanding of your dog.
When training your dog, you should never punish it for something it did wrong, way after it occurred. If you do not punish your dog immediately after a wrong deed, then you should not punish him at all. The reason is because your dog will be confused and think you are punishing it for doing something else. This is why you must punish your dog while it is in the act of performing the wrong deed or immediately afterwards.
To teach recall, you must be the most interesting thing to your dog at the moment you are calling him. Active dogs love movement, so try calling your dog while you run in another direction. Your dog will be likely to engage in a chase, making recall a fun exercise for him and encouraging his response in future situations.
Learn how to read your dog’s body language for a better dog training experience. Once you have found out what certain behaviors are signifying, you will have the knowledge to unlock hidden doors. You will be able to tell if they are tired, distracted by something else, or are in the perfect mood to learn. This provides you with a very great advantage.
As you can see, there are many methods of training available to you, to make your dog the best canine he/she can be. Try any or all of these techniques to begin teaching your pet how to behave properly in your home. An educated animal will be a incredible friend for years to come.
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