Dog trick training can and should be a very rewarding experience for both dog and owner. Dog training provides an opportunity for positive interaction and a great bonding between the dog and his trainer. The learned trick (or behavior) also creates future opportunities for the dog to engage in approved conduct which will provide both dog and owner with a sense of pride and satisfaction. Thousands of tricks have been taught to dogs ranging from the common (like shake hands) to the entirely unique (use your imagination). Most likely, hundreds of new tricks are being conceived and taught to dogs with each passing day.
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Dog Trick Training Tips For Dog Owners
Learning From Successful Dog Trainers
But, despite the diversity of tricks – all share some common elements. First is the forethought with which the trick is planned, the attitude in which successful dog trick training is carried out, and the rewards used for reinforcement during the dog trick training process. All successful dog trainers do some things in common. There are some things successful trainers need to do before they even choose the tricks – let alone before they begin the training. The easiest way to teach a dog tricks requires one to first study the dog’s behavior. The trainer needs to know the dog’s natural tendencies in order to competently choose the best tricks to teach him. Professional dog trick trainers not only know how to choose the proper tricks – but they know how to train with the proper attitude and how to choose and use the best rewards.
Follow Successful Dog Training To Observe Your Dog
To follow the example set by successful dog trick trainers first observe your dog. See what tricks he would be most suited to perform. For example if you have a little dog who loves to stand on his hind legs and dance when he sees you getting his dinner – that’s a good clue to an easy trick to train him to perform. (Add a little tutu for a professional effect!) A 200lb St. Bernard, on the other hand would most likely have quite a struggle accomplishing this trick so easily learned by another dog. If you have a dog who loves to ‘fetch’ – he is a great candidate to teach to get his own leash (or you a tissue or whatever) on command. Train your dog to do tricks that are suited to his size, temperament, and natural behavior and it will make the trick training experience fun and ultimately successful for you and your pooch. Choose the wrong tricks though and you are both likely to become frustrated and discouraged.
Be Patient, Positive & Fun When Training Your Dog
Attitude is another important factor in training your dog to perform tricks. Your attitude needs to be patient, positive, and fun. Dog trick training is not instantaneous. The process will take some time to perfect. Know that you must practice training sessions every day – for short periods of time. Don’t expect to succeed if you don’t invest sufficient time and effort. Be patient, don’t become short-tempered or discouraged. Know that you will both succeed. And most importantly have fun! The entire dog trick training process should be an enjoyable educational bonding experience for you and your dog. Think of the successfully mastered dog trick as simply the icing on the cake. If a training session isn’t progressing well – if either you or your dog are simply not in the mood – end the session early and successfully. Help your dog to perform a trick that you know he does well and that he enjoys performing. Then call it a day – end the day with this success.
Applying The Right Rewards At The Right Time
Choosing and using the right rewards at the right time is another important factor in the dog trick training mix. The stronger your pooch is motivated to perform the better. You must know your canine companion. Know what he enjoys/what motivates him the most. Target your dog’s optimal motivators. One sure motivator is: praise. All dogs love to know they pleased their owners. “Yes! Good Boy!” goes a long way in motivating most dogs. And, of course, what dog doesn’t love a tasty little treat for a particularly good performance? Use what your dog loves the most. And reward your pup not only for success – but for steps toward the desired behavior- which come closer and closer to final trick. This is called ‘shaping’ your dogs behavior.
So remember, by making well-thought-out choices in the tricks to be taught, being positive, upbeat, and patient, and using the best rewards during the trick training process – teaching dog tricks can be a fun and rewarding bonding experience with many lasting benefits. Following these simple guidelines will lead to not only success at dog trick performances – but a feeling of pride and satisfaction for both of you.
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