A pet is an animal kept for companion and entertainment by humans. Dogs are mainly termed as best friends of man and commonly kept as domestic pets. Dogs love being petted, living around human beings, and they are loyal.
Dogs are also beneficial to people in several ways. They are brilliant and playful, therefore offering help in physical exercises and enabling one to keep calm, consequently helping blood pressure regulation. The fact that dogs are social and friendly impacts people’s social life positively and introduces someone to new people and experiences. Dogs are also vigilant, which is helpful to human beings. By staying with a dog, one learns how to stay active.
Dogs require to be trained to be able to live with human beings. However, sometimes during training, one encounters hardships that lead to making some mistakes. It is not always about the dog; dog owners make some mistakes. Such errors may appear insignificant, but they can ruin or slow progress in the training. Below are some of the most common mistakes.
Failure to Train Your Dog More Often
Looking at the age of the pet is not necessary. The older the pet gets, the more difficult it becomes to train it. However, you cannot just begin training on a new dog. It would be best if you gave it some time to familiarize yourself with the environment. Once the training has commenced, it is essential not to stop because if you do, the pet will forget. Some basic routines on dog training are how and where to sit for dinner and sleep.
Repetition of Commands
Once the dog has learned what it needs to, it is important to keep repeating orders until the dog begins to show learned behavior. If you repeat to it, words such as “sit,” it should respond. It might not respond to first calling due to confusion or distraction. You may reward positive behavior or even praise it, and then going ahead, reduce the rewards. Just like you show to the dog that you are pleased with its positive response, you can show it your disappointment if it fails to respond. You can try moving closer to the dog, a trick that will trigger its response, and remember to use praises if the dog finally responds.
Duration of Training Sessions
Training a dog is a prolonged process. Sessions of this evolution should neither be too long nor too short. Once the level of success desired by the dog owner is attained, rewards can be given and later quit the training because continuing could get the dog bored. In the same way, stopping is not encouraged if at all success evidence is not expressed. The dog should at least perform. Many sessions each of few minutes are more effective than a few sessions of more minutes.
Failure to Generalize Obedience Behaviors in Different Areas of Varying Conditions
If you train your dog to sit and it learns, but you only practice it in one place, this will be hard for the dog to sit elsewhere or in someone else’s presence, even at your command. Training should begin in a less busy environment. As time goes by, introduce distractions and move the practice to more busy environments until the behavior is consistent in all areas. It is essential in the recall command.
Relying so Much on Treats and Less on Celebrity, Esteem, and Praise
Initiation and reinforcement of behavior rely on treats. However, they are not the only method effective in training.
Using Too Much Emotion
Emotions affect the ability of the dog to learn. Take, for example, training in anger, irritation, or force. It will intimidate the dog, unlike training with hyperbolic energy, a method that raises the dog’s energy levels beyond the expected. It is vital to ensure the dog stays calm and relaxed.
Being Reactive Instead of Being Proactive
Dog training is beautiful, but it requires time and devotion. Dog owners need to plan their techniques on training and not rely on those of others. Each dog is different, just like any other learners, and require distinct methods.
Consistent rules need to be set, and training techniques not varied a lot, especially at first. Doing this decreases the ability to learn in the dog. If you remain patient for one day and the next, you become impatient during training as a dog owner, and the dog will lose trust and confidence in you for the sudden change. Stick to your methodologies to ensure you get reactions from the dog. At least it would help if you were predictable to the dog.
Lack of Confidence
Dogs can sense such kind of weakness, and they are likely to exploit such a chance. A dog is never to feel fear of the owner. Spending more time and achieving more training successes with the dog is likely to bring back the dog owner’s confidence. Your dog requires to spend time with other dogs to acquire more new experiences.
Lack of Training to Individual Dog
As a human being, each dog is unique in its behavior and personality. Even though the dog’s breed matters in determining action and nature, the character should be understood to succeed in the training. Just like a teacher observes the learners first before coming up with measures to use in teaching, it is the same in a dog’s case. The methods that work for other dogs might not be effective on yours. Understand your dog first. For instance, a shy dog requires a less distracted and busy environment, unlike a brave dog that can be trained even in the street corner.
In conclusion, the dog training process is not easy at all. It requires commitment and dedication altogether with patience to see to it that positive results are exhibited. Training should be based on the dog’s personality, the breed, size, history, and age. Dog owners should consider these features when coming up with methods and initiatives on training their dogs.