Training your dog? Better avoid these five common mistakes
We totally appreciate that you're thinking to train your dog. It is the first step towards a long-term and stable companionship with your non-human mate. But there are only two ways of doggy training- right and wrong. And we sincerely want you to be on the former side. Hence, here are five common training mistakes you should avoid to do right by your pooch.
Delay: Waiting for too long before starting the training
Although we realize that you might want to give some time to your new friend, but it wouldn't be right to wait too long before starting to train your doggy, as he may already develop bad habits during that period. However, don't go all out - start with simple commands and behavior shaping practices, before moving on to advanced training and fun tricks.
Irregularity and inconsistency: Stopping too soon; not sticking to rules
Training is not something you do once and for all - It is a regular feature, and should ideally always continue. If you stop training your pooch too soon, the impact would remain limited and short-term. Also, even at the risk of acting strict with your mate, don't be inconsistent - when you make a rule, stay true to it, no matter what.
Impatience: Not giving enough time to your pooch
Being impatient is one of the worst mistakes you can possibly make while training your doggy. If your fido doesn't get a cue or command at once, try to understand that it is completely okay; give yourself and your pooch some time. Furthermore, make sure the training sessions are aptly short and mostly fun, if you desire effective results. Also, keep rewards ready.
Punishment: Being harsh on your doggy
Would you go harsh on your kid for not learning something fast enough? If the answer is yes, don't bring a fido home in the first place. Most modern dog trainers advise against punishment as a method of training. It has all the bad consequences- it might bring feelings of fear or aggression in your doggy. So make sure to be calm and gentle.
Imbalance: Giving too less or too many treats
Giving treats to your doggy during or after training sessions is arguably one of the most effective ways to train it. But here's the catch- you need to strike the right balance. If you offer less treats, your pooch might not feel interested or motivated. However, if you offer too much, the doggy might become greedy, which sure isn't desirable.