The 7 deadly sins of dog training

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The 7 deadly sins of dog training

You call your heart out, but your dog continues to play happily? You say “sit” and he lies down? Then you may have made a mistake in dog training. These seven common mistakes should be avoided.

1. Avoid constant exposure to sound

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?).

Calling once is enough. © Stock.adobe.com/Kzenon

2. Word and gesture

Your dog interprets your facial expressions, your body language and the emphasis on your words – and combines them. If your posture and gestures do not match, you have lost. Anyone who quivers with anger and whispers “Come here” can wait a long time for their dog.

Your dog reads your facial expressions and gestures. © stock.adobe.com/GarkushaArt

3. Consistency is important

If you were consistent in the beginning and now become careless because he “can” now, he has it. Soon he won’t do anything anymore. The same threatens if you reward every good act with a treat. He will only want to work “against payment”.

Stay consistent. © shutterstock.com/Soloviova Liudmyla

4. Once is enough

The dog is lying down, you step back and keep saying “stay!” As soon as you fall silent, the dog races after you, beaming. Because he has learned: he must not move as long as the command is given. You should therefore avoid this mistake at all costs.

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A clear sign leads more to the goal. © stock.adobe.com/leungchopan

5. The right timing

He has gone away when you shout “At your feet!” Maybe he heard it, but now it will only irritate him. “Hopp” commands five meters from the ditch are similarly ineffective. The dog cannot associate the words with their meaning. Commands must therefore be given at the right moment.

Don’t confuse your dog. © stock.adobe.com/Scott

6. Praise at the right time

A good dog wants credit for what he’s done. But it takes time to get the treat out of your pocket. Out of the hustle and bustle, you shove it down your four-legged friend’s throat the moment he begs for it. He will probably always do the latter now. Therefore, praise must always be given at the right moment. This works particularly well with a clicker.

A clicker is helpful in dog training. © stock.adobe.com/Justyna

7. Pay attention to the internal clock

Your dog works perfectly in the dog park, at home it behaves completely wrong again. That could be the reasons:

  • You have practiced too little outside, the dog believes that he only has to obey in the dog school.
  • You are only consistent in the course.
  • You motivate in the course with treats and toys, outside of it you suddenly want to work without it.

It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes. It is important that you learn from it and refine your dog training accordingly. This will make you and your dog a good team.