When new dog owners begin the process of training their new pet, they frequently make errors in the methods that they employ as well as the way that they approach the training process. Many people who are new to the art of dog training make the same mistakes over and over again. The following are what are probably the top 10 most common blunders made when teaching dogs:
Top Ten Most Most Common Dog Training Mistakes
Lack Of Patience
Going into training sessions without bringing enough patience is the number one mistake that people make! Training a dog is an ongoing effort; it is not something that can be accomplished immediately. There are instances when advancement is gradual yet consistent. It is important to have a lot of patience while working with dogs because they are similar to children in that respect; trying to train a dog without patience is a waste of time.
Lack Of Persistence
Your lack of persistence in training your dog is the second mistake you’ve made. You must never give up when it comes to training your dog. If it’s essential, you should work on accomplishing the desired behavior in stages. Make progress toward attaining even modest goals. Don’t give up — be persistent.
Lack Of Consistency
The third mistake you’re doing in teaching your dog is that you aren’t being consistent. When you are training your dog, you need to be as consistent as possible. If jumping on you is not permitted under any circumstances, it is never permissible under any circumstances. If the rule is that you are not allowed to get up on the couch, then the rule must also state that the dog is not permitted to get up on the couch under any circumstances. An inconsistent approach is quite difficult for a dog to understand.
Not Using Enough Positive Reinforcement
The fourth mistake you should avoid making while teaching your dog is to not use enough positive reinforcement. The reward that you provide for your dog should be one that is extremely desired to him, to the point that he will engage in any action in order to receive the reward. A nice treat or some quality time spent playing with one of your dog’s favorite toys might serve as the incentive for good behavior from your pet. And, of course, the joyous sound of “Yes! Good dog!” emanating from you as soon as the behavior is completed, instantly, each and every time.
Not Rewarding Frequently Enough
The fifth common error in dog training is closely related to the fourth, which is failing to provide adequate reinforcement for your pet on a regular basis. It is essential to heap praise and rewards on your dog whenever you catch him engaging in a behavior that you find pleasant. This will have a snowball effect, meaning that the more you praise and reward him, the more he’ll perform behaviors that you want him to, and the more opportunities you’ll have to reward excellent behaviors, and so on. Always keep in mind that giving a reward rather than a punishment is more effective. Period.
Not Training The Right Behavior For Your Dog Breed
The sixth mistake you should avoid is failing to train the appropriate behavior for your dog. There are some mannerisms that every dog ought to learn, including housebreaking, which is a given, as well as sit, stay, come, and heel, which are always essential. However, you won’t be able to teach your Mastiff to dance by standing on his hind legs, and your toy breed won’t ever be able to pull you behind a cart. Start training your dog with tricks that involve him retrieving objects for you if “fetch” is one of his favorite activities. If you want to be confident of your dog’s success, you should select tricks that involve activities that your dog already enjoys doing.
Not Having Enough Short And Successful Training Sessions
The seventh mistake that people make is not having dog training sessions that are brief and fruitful enough. Because dogs have short attention spans, the average session of training should last no longer than half an hour at a time. Anything above an hour may be counterproductive to the overall goal. In addition, make it a goal to end every single session of dog training on a positive note. If you and your canine companion are having a less-than-stellar day, you should wrap up the training by having your dog perform a trick that he is familiar with and enjoys doing, and then shower him with praise and treats. Training sessions should be something that your dog looks forward to and enjoys doing. They shouldn’t feel like work in any way.
Not Having Frequent Enough Dog Training Sessions
The eighth mistake people commonly make is not holding dog training sessions frequently enough. Training sessions for your dog should be kept brief, but they should be held consistently and frequently. If at all feasible, you should give your dog a quick training session each and every day.
Not Having High Expectations
The ninth mistake you should avoid making is having overly optimistic expectations for your dog’s training sessions. Too much is expected of many newly-minted trainers. In most cases, this is an error that was made with good intentions. They watch “Pet Stars,” but they are completely unaware of the amount of work and practice that went into the contestants’ performances. And the trouble with having high expectations is that they can lead to emotions of failure and discouragement, as well as possibly leading to the dog being punished. [Case in point:]
Giving Up Too Early
Mistake number 10 is giving up. Dog training is something that can’t be given up on under any circumstances. Training a dog is an ongoing process that continues throughout its entire life. The training never really ends. Even when your dog has learned habits, you must always continue to reinforce the desired behaviors in order to maintain a happy and well-behaved pet.
If you keep these things in mind, you will be well on your way to having a contented, , well trained pet, who will be a wonderful source of pride for you and who will be considered a “canine good citizen.”