Common Mistakes When Starting Puppy Training

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Puppy training is important, but it is not always easy for dogs or their owners. That is why it is important to learn how to train your puppy properly before you begin.

After you have brought your new puppy into your home, it will not be long before you see that training will be necessary. Training can help your puppy to learn how to be part of your family and what behavior you consider acceptable. However, training a puppy will not be done overnight and can take a great deal of time. The following suggestions will help you to begin training your puppy starting today.

Expecting Training To Be Immediate:

Don’t get too worried if the training doesn’t seem to be working right away. It takes years to get enough of an education to teach school children. However, teaching a puppy only requires that you learn a few basic exercises to start.

The biggest challenges of training a dog properly are mental ones. Like human beings, dogs have their own unique personalities and spirits and you can use those unique traits to understand and train your dog.

Remember that your dog loves you and will follow your lead better than any human being ever would. Teach your dog how you want her to act b example. You need to take a good, long and hard look at yourself and decide what your personality characteristics are.

Not Working With Your Dog Effectively:

Do you share any of the characteristics with the puppy? If you find yourself to be demanding, learn how to relax a little. Scaring the puppy is not only going to have negative effects on the training. A puppy will be far more involved in the learning process if they don’t feel intimidated. You need to be taken seriously by your dog if you want it be trained well.

If the dog is relaxed and you are obsessive, the dog will think you’re crazy. If your dog is acting up, you need to ask yourself what you may be doing to cause that kind of reaction from the dog. Are you portraying good or bad behavior towards them? Remember that it’s probably your fault, so take the steps necessary to correct both your and the dog’s behavior.

Scaring Or Intimidating Your Puppy:

Try to imagine someone four times your size hovering over you. Overwhelming right? Your puppy may be fearful of you or run, unable to gain anything useful from this situation. Think about what options you have available, including treats in order to encourage good behavior.

Puppies, like children have personalities too. If you’ve owned more than one pup in your life, you know what this truly means. Every dog is different. You need to train him, but in order to do that you need to understand how their brain works. No matter their personality, you need to have positive interaction with your puppy and also understand them.

Dogs love to be included in whatever you are doing and share their lives and secret language, as long as you stop to listen and watch.

Forgetting That Your Dog Is A Dog:

Just remember that a dog is a dog and will act as dogs do, regardless of size or breed. So, dogs shouldn’t be treated as if they are children or different types of pets. A dog has a predictable, yet unique, behaviour all his own.

He will sleep at night, walk on four legs and look for affection wherever he can find it. If you can recognize those behaviors in him, you can use them as training tools. Your dog has the need to belong to your family, just like he would want to belong to a pact of dogs. So do try to understand the situation from the dog’s viewpoint and try talking to him in ‘dog language’.

These will help you be on top of any day-to-day needs like teaching him manners, as well as the slowing down of bad habits.

Not Being Empathetic And Compassionate:

You can also make him come out of assertiveness, hyperactivity, fear or impulsiveness by being empathetic. Do try and understand your pet’s style of communication, pattern of behavior, etc. And change your training methods to suit these factors. These can make him feel at home with your family. Dogs are really superior to other species since they are loyal team players and define their life in terms of the group activity going on. She feels like part of the family, but that doesn’t mean it’s a democracy.

Rather, it’s a hierarchy and if you don’t act like the leader and train her, she will take over that role and train you. It’s part of the mentality that keeps things running smoothly in her world. It’s important for there to be a leader in every group.

Not Knowing When Your Dog Is Seeking Guidance:

A confused child is usually not ignored, but many people do, unfortunately, ignore a dog with a confused expression on its face. Dogs particularly when they are young, are genetically designed to look for a leader and follow them.

Human beings can and should take full advantage of that. A dog will almost always remember a behavior that got someone’s attention and repeat that behavior that later on, instituting a cycle that is hard to break. You may notice your dog staring at you with adoration and looking for you to tell him what to do. The only problem is that a dog that is constantly looking for guidance may get restless and cause trouble. He might have accidents in the house, steal things, break things or chew things up around your home.

Letting Your Puppy Try To Dominate The Household:

A puppy that starts out with an assertive attitude may wind up trying to dominate the household, as it grows You will need to stay on top of keeping him in his place and make sure that he knows you are the leader. If, on the other hand, a dog doesn’t try to be dominant until it gets older, it’s because you have not taken your role as the proper leader of the household.

You will then have to regain your status as the leader and put your dog back in the place of the follower. Being a leader takes a lot of effort. So, he will probably like it when you take over those duties. If you notice that your dog is dictating what you do and when, it’s time to change things up a bit. Make sure that you are the trainer, not the trainee.

Have a “can do” attitude and do what you want when you want. Your dog will follow your lead, as dogs are genetically programmed to do.

It is now time to begin training your puppy. Remember to keep your sessions short at first so that your puppy is not overwhelmed. Also remember to be patient. Both you and your puppy will learn a lot about each other as you go along. Good luck teaching your puppy how to be a great dog!


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