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Three Dog Training Problems To Avoid

Updated on January 28, 2010

So you've gotten past that "he's so cute" phase with your puppy and have started trying to train your dog.

You might be having some dog training problems and you can't quite figure out why. There are many reasons you could be having trouble training your dog, but often it is simply a case of any number of common mistakes by the owner.

Dog Training Problem 1 - Consistency

Many people experience problems in training their dog because they aren't consistent with their training. If you don't take the time every day to repeat what you're trying to teach, your dog will never learn or become confused. Don't try to teach too much or stop training a particular command.

You must be consistent every day and use the same commands for the action you want done.

If you break down training into shorter segments and spread them into easy to access times during the day, you'll stand a more likely chance of doing them. Two or three times a day spend five or ten minutes with your dog teaching a single new trick. It will work wonders.

Dog Training Problem 2 - Patience

If you attack training without patience you're almost guaranteeing it doesn't work. You should never threaten, get frustrated, or quit on your dog. Instead, always be supportive and keep working at it until you start to see results. It might seem sometimes like you'll never get the results you're looking for, but if you keep trying, eventually something will happen.

Physical pain and anger are largely considered the enemies of good obedience training, so never use them. If you teach your dog a command with reassuring rewarding methods, you'll find that they enjoy it more and are much more likely to repeat their response in the future.

Dog Training Problem 3 - Having Fun

People often approach dog training like a chore, something that has to be done eventually so why not now. The problem with that is that you don't enthuse the dog anymore than yourself when you're unhappy about the process. It's important to make it fun for both of you to avoid frustration or anger.

So think of new ways to do things. Don't just practice sit and stay over and over again with the same treats. Try new ways of rewarding your dog and go different places to practice. Attempt fun new tricks like retrievals and have fun with it.

Avoiding Dog Training Problems

It's all too easy to fall in a rut and start treating dog training like a chore you want nothing to do with. For some people that's all it is. It's equally easy to get frustrated, or be inconsistent because you're tired. Try and remember that the most important thing you can do for your young dog is train them to behave properly for the future.

This is good not only to keep them safe and sound, but to keep you from being angry at them whenever you get home from work and find your shoes disemboweled. Keep at it and be patient, you'll be surprised what your dog can do.


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