Dog Training: The Biggest Mistakes

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Dog Training: The Biggest Mistakes

You call your heart out, but your dog continues to play happily? You say “sit” and he lies down? Then you have probably made one or more mistakes in dog training. We’ll help you spot your mistakes. Because this is the only way to avoid them in the future.

One command has to be enough!

Your dog is not hard of hearing. If he knows the command, a single call is enough. Any further word is redundant and undermines your authority. If you keep saying “Here!” roar, he is guaranteed not to come. You keep telling him where you are and that you are waiting for him (or even following him?). Remain consistent and above all determined! The dog will notice that too.

Your body language sets the tone

Human body language is extremely important in dog training. Finally, the dog interprets your facial expression and the intonation of your words. If your posture and gestures do not match, you have lost. Whoever whispers the command “Come here”, trembling with anger, can wait a long time for his dog.

Carelessness is taboo when it comes to dog training

Consistency is the top priority in dog training! Once established, rules must be followed. Once you get careless, give your dog the free pass. He might as well forget what he has learned.

Praise needs good timing

Dog training is mainly done through rewarding. A good dog wants to be recognized for what he has done. However, this should directly follow the correct behavior of the four-legged friend. If it takes too long to get a treat out of your pocket, the reward can have negative consequences. In the hustle and bustle, you push the treat into your four-legged friend’s throat the moment he begs for it. He associates negative behavior with a reward that is positive for him – and will probably try again and again. And even if you reward every good act with a treat, it can happen that the dog only follows “against payment”.

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Socialization of the dog

A lack of socialization at a young age of the dogs can lead to later conflicts with their conspecifics. For a positive development it is particularly important that you already have contact with other dogs as puppies – e.g. in a dog school. There they can learn to assert themselves or to subordinate themselves, which is extremely important for the learning phase. And extensive contact between dog and human is also very important. If the animals are alone a lot and are not given enough physical and mental support, this can have negative effects on the dog’s health.

Not used to being alone

Sooner or later you will get to the point where you have to leave your dog alone. However, if he has not learned to stay alone when he is a puppy, he will howl as an adult dog as soon as the master or mistress is not there. Get your canine used to it in good time and start with 10-minute intervals, which you slowly lengthen. By the way: you should know this if you want to leave your dog alone.

All in all, one can say that any good dog training needs clear rules and consistent action. Most mistakes are likely to be made unconsciously. As long as you stick to this discipline, you should quickly be able to have a well-behaved four-legged friend by your side.

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