There is hardly a subject that dog owners discuss more than the upbringing of their puppy. Advice comes up again and again that is out of date or simply not correct. Here are the seven biggest mistakes in dog training and how you can avoid them yourself.
Your dog is not hard of hearing. Nevertheless, we often repeat commands too often. This leads to the puppy failing to hear your “here” or deciding for itself when to follow. Check out why your dog is doing this. Maybe you just haven’t trained the command hard enough. So take a few steps back and practice specifically on one command.
Unfortunately, we are increasingly inclined to transfer human feelings and behaviors to dogs or to believe that dogs think very similarly to us humans. Most of the time, we also jump to conclusions.
But dogs are dogs and want to be treated like them. They perceive their environment differently than we do. We should be aware of this in order to be able to specifically cater to the needs and wishes of your puppy. For example, fashionable accessories and costumes completely ignore the dog’s natural needs – no puppy needs that.
The guilty look when your puppy has been wrong isn’t a guilty conscience. He’s only acting this way because he reads your body language and hears the anger in your voice. With his rueful look and a submissive demeanor, the dog simply wants to appease us and make us friendly.
Shout “Here” in a friendly manner, but you shake with anger inside, wave the leash like crazy or stamp your feet angrily, confuse your puppy and he will not come. Body language, tone of voice and facial expressions have to go together so that your dog can really understand you.
It has not yet been scientifically proven that dogs can understand the meaning behind our words. In puppy training, the various components of body language, facial expressions and voice must be used in any case.
In order to understand rules and to follow them, dogs need consistent action. The puppy needs to know what is expected of him in order to learn how to behave properly. However, if he is allowed on the bed today and again not tomorrow, the puppy will only learn not to take you seriously. Stay calm, relaxed, and show perseverance. Consistency has nothing to do with punishment.
Anyone who thinks that a walk in the morning and a lap around the block in the evening is enough to fully utilize the dog is wrong. So that your puppy does not make any nonsense out of sheer boredom and under-challenged, you should also provide activity in your own four walls.
Dogs learn primarily through positive experiences. With force, pressure or hardship you can achieve nothing or often the opposite. A puppy who is afraid of pain is not good at studying. Rough interaction between humans and dogs is a relationship killer. With a lot of patience, care, and attention, you will teach your dog much better behavior.