Dog Training Mistakes to Avoid

Are you training your dog in the best way? Training your dog is a good course of action for your pet. Everyone wants their dog to do what they are told. It makes dog ownership pleasurable for people while ensuring the dog is happier and safer. Disciplining and training your dog is a necessity if you want to have fun, comfort, and companionship with your four-legged friend.  While dog training is vital, some errors in the training can result in nagging misbehaviors and strained relations that won’t give you peace of mind. Here are dog training mistakes you should avoid preventing years of frustration.

Not being consistent

Consistency is essential at each level of dog training. You can cause confusion to your dog if you are inconsistent in training. For instance, you could have a rule that your dog is not allowed on the couch. However, you give it an occasional exception and let him on the couch for whichever reason. Your dog won’t understand why it is ok to get on the couch at one moment and then it is wrong at another moment. Don’t make your dog learn that rules are made then broken.

Not seeking professional help when necessary

Some dogs have more problems that you may not be able to handle all by yourself. If your dog has any serious issue, let a professional be of help because that is what they do best. It will only require one visit for something like separation anxiety or house training to be addressed by a professional.

Not rewarding good behavior

Failing to reward good behavior can be as bad as celebrating bad behavior. If you see your dog acting properly, you need to commend that behavior. Use the right kind of reward for to acknowledge the dog’s obedience to a command. When the dog has understood the command, slowly wean him off treaties and give him occasionally.

Expecting too much soon

Dogs require time to learn different commands for different environments. For instance, when your dog understands a command in your living room, he may not obey it in your backyard. This is not a sign of disobedience from the dog. The dog only needs to associate the word with the action in different places. You, therefore, have to practice the commands in different places so that the dog can obey the command everywhere.

Too long or too short training sessions

Understand the teaching of new behaviors to your dog as an evolutionary process and not a revolution. The dog will, therefore, require a number of sessions to perfect a new behavior. Once the dog perfects the new behavior, reward him and then quit. If you carry on and on, the dog may be bored and become disinterested in the new behavior it had learned. Similarly, don’t end a training session until you notice some evidence of success.

Working when you’re frustrated

Don’t go train your dog when you’re in a bad mood. Our patience is low when we’re in a bad mood and we can easily get mad at the dog for not getting things right on the first try. You will train with force, anger or irritation which will easily turn the training sessions into inquisitions.