Training a dog is extremely challenging, nerve-wracking and may even feel like a pressure and tolerance test. But imagine the amount of effort you have to put in if the dog is bull-headed? That can turn out to be a whole next level adventure.
For beginners and even people owning dogs for a long time, training a strong-willed dog can be frustrating. Trust me, we all have been in the same boat in some parts of our lives as a dog owner.
And oftentimes, the major part of the problem is not the dog but ourselves, and how we try to gauge a dog by a human set of behaviours and actions. In training and keeping a dog as a pet, you must study and understand the dog’s behaviour. After all, these are not even near humans.
The most common thing a dog parent complains about is their dog not responding to them. It is important to understand that while training, and even generally, like humans, dogs also need time to settle. Whether it’s a new home or new food, a new training plan or any other activity. With each passing day, a dog learns new things, and it’s only till then that a dog can fully comprehend your demands and listen to you. So, if it’s day one of training, and your dog is not listening, there’s no need to worry.
Here are the step by step behaviours you ought to exhibit as a dog trainer
1. Patience is the key
Slowly and steadily one can indeed win the race and it’s true in this regard. A dog trainer has to start and take the whole training process with a relaxed and composed mindset. It can get dirty, and annoying but stick through it and you’ll see the results.
2. Understand what entices your dog
Dogs love treats, but they may also like toys or having a walk with you. Knowing what your dog likes can come to your advantage as you train them to behave. Using either of the two as rewards, you can condition the dog for training.
For example, you may think that dogs like a snack but chances are your strong-willed dogs just want to play with you. For dogs like these, running and fetch-ball are the best tools to engage them in.
3. Keep your naughty fellow collared
Stubborn dogs are always in search of ways to run off the training zone. So, by leashing them with a collar you are ordering them to stick to the training and once he does what he’s asked to, he can leave.
In this regard, training with an e-collar can come in handy. These collars work on transmission signals and release a corrective shock if the dog leaves the boundary. This comes in handy for dogs who love to escape from unwanted situations. For further information about trainings you can read this ultimate guide on training collar for stubborn dogs.
4. Command a dog the right way
The basic step to start training with is making the dog remember its name. You may be calling him over with his name, but a good way to practice is by calling him out and slightly shaking his leash. When he looks at you, you give him a treat. By using treats, you can teach a dog almost anything. Once he remembers his name, you can teach him other things.
4. Make the dog understand your instructions
You may follow this practice by teaching him how to sit. Call out his name, stand in front of him and in a nice manner, ask him to sit. Chances are the dog won’t get this the first time. You may take the treat over his head and over till he sits on his leg. Here, your instructions matter a lot. So make sure you teach this the right way.
5. Repeat the instructions and training over and over again
It takes time to learn and understand a new thing, especially when we’re learning the subject from a new teacher. The same is your dog’s situation. Hence, you should give him the time to practice and understand the situation, while repetition followed by treats makes the dog confident and you, a trustworthy trainer. Start out in a safe and relaxing location, and when the dog starts to grasp the concept, practice with him in different locations.
6. Take it nice and slow
Taking one step at a time will allow your dog to confidently adjust to your expectations. Don’t expect him to learn multiple things at once, he may not even learn one thing at all. If you are teaching him how to jump, focus only on that. Reward his every step and attempt to encourage the dog. Once he can understand your sign of jump, it’s a success and then you can move on to the other skill. Don’t mix up everything for the dog, and instead take it nice and slow
Some Noteworthy Tips
Apart from these tips, make sure that you keep a balance between praising your dog and treating it. Remember, you want to train him and not spoil him. Another pointer would be to keep your calm and not get emotionally involved in the situation. These emotions tend to scare the dogs away and won’t be helpful during training.
I hope these tips would help you in training your fellow the right way. Do let us know what are your go-to techniques for your pet.
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Till then, Happy Pet Training!