- Posted February 26, 2014 by
Basic Tips And Pointers To Keep In Mind When Training Dogs
Having a dog at home can be both enjoyable and challenging. Sure, dogs provide constant companionship and are really great sources of fun, love and comfort but they also have some natural or instinctual behaviour that can cause their owners big headaches.
It may indeed be hard to have dogs at home when the possible owners have no previous experience in raising and taking care of pets. And the key thing to keep in mind for first-time pet owners is that dogs have to be properly trained the minute they arrive at the owner’s home. Dog experts and veterinarians always say that training puppies is a much easier task as compared to the ones that have already grown up. As such, they highlight the importance starting training and teaching dogs ideal and acceptable pet behaviour and habits while they are still puppies.
Below are some simple tips and pointers that can help pet-owners with training and teaching their dogs:
1. Giving dogs rewards and treats whenever they obey or follow a command or learn a new trick is always a great and effective positive reinforcement strategy.
- Reward the dog when he learns a new trick or whenever the owner’s command is followed. The dog will associate getting a tasty treat whenever he obeys a command of not chewing shoes or carpets or when he does his business in the proper place of the house or yard. Also, dogs are instinctively always seeking for gratification so using positive reinforcement is really a useful and handy tool with training them.
2. When training or teaching dogs, have them learn and master one command or trick at a time.
- Do not overload dogs with too many tricks or behaviours that they have to follow and master within a given time frame. Pet owners are recommended to proceed to train or teach a dog a new trick or a behaviour that they need to be imbibed with only when they have successfully mastered the current command or trick.
3. Never expect dogs to always obey or follow a command or do a trick.
- Even if the dog has already mastered a command or trick, they are robots that always follow or obey the commands or whims of their owners. Even humans tend to fail in obeying and following rules, so dogs are fallible, too.
4. Most importantly, owners must also enjoy all the time they spend with their dogs.
- Dogs are supposed to give companionship and happiness to humans, even if there is a need to train them. Part of the fun and charm of having dogs around is also playing and doing activities with them.