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All dog owners have one wish in common: that their pet should obey his commands. According to the breed and temperament of the dog in question and the training method used, this training can be short an fun or long and tiring. What forms a crucial link in this training is clear communication and understanding between the trainer and the dog and skill set of the trainer. Training programs designed in modern times take into account canine breed, psychology and behavior patterns.
Before you begin training your dog, ask yourself a couple of very crucial questions and keep in mind a few important points:
1. Does your dog refuse to obey your orders?
If the answer is yes, it might well be the case that it fails to understand your commands. This is a very common problem, though not necessarily a very difficult one. The solution is not to start training a dog right away once you bring it home. Give it time to adjust to its surroundings, to get comfortable with you, to establish a strong bond with you. You would be surprised how much easier you would find it to communicate to your dog and for it to follow your commands.
2. When you call out to it, using its name, does it dog respond or look away?
Attracting and maintaining a dog’s attention has been reported to be a concern by many a dog owner, and it has been found that the problem is more prevalent among puppies than in adult dogs, as puppies tend to get more distracted by their immediate surroundings than adult dogs.
As puppies take to training faster than adult dogs, it is important to teach the puppy to respond to its name right at a very young age. It is not possible to train a dog who doesn’t respond to its name as it will be very difficult to command it. You can start by calling out its name and gesturing for it to come to you. Each time it complies, reward it with a pat or a small treat. Gradually he would associate responding to its name to treats and rewards and praise. Keep practicing.
3. Are you short tempered or impatient?
You should remember that unlimited patience, persistence and perseverance would be necessary to train your dog. Before beginning training, ask yourself if you are up for it. Losing your patience or temper with your dog might lead you to be harsh with your dog or abuse/ punish it, which can inflict permanent psychological damage in your dog leading to behavioral problems.
4. Refrain from scolding your dog when it does wrong.
On the other hand, offer generous rewards and praises when the dog does something right. Positive reinforcement works wonders in dog training. He would be trained fast if only out of his drive to please you. For that, you need to communicate to it that you appreciate the effort he is putting in and his progress.