Dog training, in general, is the process of teaching a dog to carry out particular actions in response to specific commands that the dog is trained to comprehend. This guide will show you what dog training is all about as well as some helpful tips.
There are several techniques and aims of training. Dogs may be taught to obey obedience commands, carry out tricks, and perform many other tasks such as tricks, hunting, tracking, rescuing, retrieving, and guarding.
Understand Your Dog
Dog training in general typically requires owners to understand their dog’s behavior. Without this crucial step, dog training usually becomes problematic—it is important to note that dogs do not communicate as humans do.
They will likely respond to certain cues differently. As pack animals, wild dogs have inherent instincts that prefer cooperation with their companions. Several domestic dogs, whether through breeding or instinct, can appropriately understand and respond to cues given by a human.
Basic Dog Training Pointers
There are several reasons why you’d want your dog to be trained. You may potty train/crate train, correct aggressive dog behavior, train to perform certain tricks, or appropriately handle dog separation anxiety. When you immediately establish that you, the owner, is in charge, you are on the right path to training your dog successfully.
You need to start training as early as possible, and teach your puppy to do basic obedience commands, what’s allowed and what’s not allowed, how to heel, and where to do his business.
Dog training requires patience and commitment. Thus, establishing a certain amount of time (even as little as half an hour) each day for at least a couple of months for training. In the beginning, training can be quite frustrating for the owner and even for the dog.
If you start feeling frustrated by your dog’s inability to comprehend a command, it would be a good idea to take a fun break for a while. Keep things fun and simple—a sign of frustration from you could make your dog worried and confused.
Establish Who’s Boss
You need to make your dog understand that you are the ‘pack leader’ and not him. Dogs naturally have a hierarchy, so you need to establish who is the boss, and that should be you. It’s tempting to spoil your dog, but this will likely lead to problems that will strain the relationship between you, your dog and other people and animals. Ultimately, this could lead to behavior problems in your dog that will be more difficult to handle or correct.
Use Training Aids When Necessary
You may use training aids such as training collars and leashes. However, keep in mind that attitude is the most crucial. Never lose your temper and hit your dog. Instead, use a firm tone of voice and of course, rewards. Use short and clear commands that have a distinct sound, such as come, stay, sit and down.
Dog training, in general, will require you to be patient. Even if your dog already understands your commands, training should not stop. Use the same tone of voice, commands, and gestures when needed.