One should never attempt to train a dog if they have no knowledge about basic puppy training.
Anyone could learn how to train a dog, there are so many sources of information, but the fear of information overload is very likely to deter one. However if you want to train a dog, learn how to do it first.
Dogs by nature, love to please and love to be rewarded. This basic nature of a puppy makes dog training quite an easy task. The difficult part of dog training is the communication between man and beast.
Three fourth of the dog training battle is won if you can get the dog to understand your intentions, actions and commands
The cardinal rule in dog training is ‘TRUST’ ‘RESPECT’ and ‘LOVE’ and definitely NOT FEAR. You can never train a dog properly if he fears you. If a dog fears you, he will mistrust you.
Avoid striking the dog al all costs, whether it is with your bare hand or with an object like a leash, cane or anything.
Avoid loud repetitive and harsh scolding al all costs.
To convey your disapproval a single stern verbal NO is more than enough, anything else would be over doing it.
Use the positive approach of praise and rewards instead. If the dog realizes that it will get no praise or reward if it does the wrong thing, it will soon try and remember the things HE SHOULD NOT DO
Rewards are a very important part of basic puppy training.
Remember that any praise or reward will reinforce correct behaviour. Hugging and petting or lovingly stroking the dog when it does the right thing is OK, BUT a reward with a small treat goes a longer way in reinforcing correct behaviour.
Food is the prime motivator with all animals, and the dog is no different.
The next best thing in dog training is your body language. Learn to communicate with your body and not with words. Right from the very start try and establish body movements that mean YES and movements that mean NO. Movements of the head and the hands can be perfected to mean many things.
A dog is a very attentive and sensitive animal. Body language can go a long way and achieve just as good response as verbal commands.
Start by having a definite body action accompany each individual verbal command. Identify that particular verbal command with that particular body movement.
After some time only resort to the movement and reward immediately when there is a positive response from the dog. This would establish in the dogs mind what that particular movement of your body means.
Perseverance and persistence is the key to successful dog training. Frustration can be an early experience, but do not give up.
Everything takes time. Do not expect results overnight. Do not have unrealistic time frames. Place no time frame. Work at achieving results instead. As a trainer, you must learn to be patient.
Keep at it and you will be rewarded with a well behaved, well adjusted happy and healthy dog.
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