Dog Training

Dog Training



One of​ the​ few things that dog owners or​ prospective dog owners think about is​ whether or​ not they will need to​ train their dog. Although training a​ dog is​ not absolutely essential unless your dog has a​ particular problem,​ a​ small amount of​ training to​ remove bad habits and set boundaries for your dog should be considered. in​ addition to​ this,​ a​ well trained dog will feel much more secure in​ your home when it​ knows its boundaries. Even in​ the​ wild,​ a​ dog will have some sort of​ enforced boundaries of​ behavior by the​ pack structure and hierarchy that exists. at​ the​ end of​ the​ day,​ your dog is​ part of​ your 'pack'.

A very important point to​ note about dog training is​ that any form of​ training should be approached from the​ perspective of​ 'positive reinforcement'. This simply means that you​ should reward your dog with praise,​ a​ treat or​ even better,​ both for any positive behavior that she exhibits. Success will come quickly to​ anybody who praises a​ dog for good behavior. the​ same cannot be said for somebody who punishes a​ dog for NOT exhibiting good behavior.

For example - if​ you​ ask your dog to​ sit and she does,​ you​ give her a​ treat. in​ the​ dogs mind sitting when told equals treat. Simple.

Now what if​ you​ tell the​ dog to​ sit and she doesn't,​ and then you​ punish her? in​ the​ dogs mind you​ have just dished out a​ random punishment for nothing. This will only serve to​ confuse your dog and lead her to​ mistrust you.

Positive reinforcement is​ the​ key.

One of​ the​ most common mistakes that dog owners make is​ to​ inadvertently train their dog....... into bad habits. Typical examples include barking,​ face licking,​ jumping up. Let's look at​ each of​ these.

Barking - Most dogs’ bark,​ that's a​ fact. It's WHEN a​ dog barks that determines whether it's normal behavior or​ a​ bad habit. if​ your dog only barks when somebody comes to​ the​ door - fine. This is​ normal territorial behavior. Your dog is​ warning you​ - as​ a​ member of​ its pack - that there's potential danger at​ the​ door.

If your dog spends the​ best part of​ its waking life barking at​ just about anything including you,​ then it's formed into a​ bad habit - but one that is​ easy to​ cure.

The first mistake that people make is​ to​ shout "Quiet" or​ "Shut up" at​ their barking dog. the​ main reason why this will not work is​ simple. Your dog barks,​ then you​ 'bark'. From your perspective you​ are shouting at​ your dog to​ shut up. From your dogs’ perspective,​ you​ are barking along and enjoying the​ noise.

A more effective method is​ to​ wait for a​ pause in​ your dogs barking then heap lots of​ praise and a​ treat upon your dog. as​ soon as​ the​ barking starts again,​ ignore your dog,​ walk off - anything but DO NOT pay your dog any attention. Then,​ when the​ barking stops its treat time again. it​ won't be long before your dog puts two and two together.

Face Licking - Face licking is​ an​ overthrow from your dog’s puppy days. Face licking is​ a​ way for a​ puppy to​ get its mother to​ regurgitate food for them. you​ will often see this in​ the​ wild. Also wild dogs will lick the​ face of​ a​ higher member of​ the​ pack to​ express and accept their submissive status in​ the​ pack. Unfortunately,​ because you​ and your family members are higher in​ the​ pack,​ you​ get the​ licks!

At first sight face licking is​ not a​ problem but should still be avoided due to​ health concerns. Never let a​ dog lick a​ baby or​ toddlers face. This is​ likely to​ expose the​ infant to​ germs that its immune system may not be able to​ handle. Similarly if​ your dog has worms or​ has been investigating other dogs’ faeces or​ even grooming itself,​ the​ last thing you​ want is​ for your dog to​ come and lick your face. Try and discourage this behavior using positive reinforcement.

When your dog approaches your face firmly - but not shouting - say “No!” if​ the​ dog doesn't back off push her away from your face. When the​ dog first responds to​ the​ "No" phrase,​ it's time for a​ treat. Keep this up consistently,​ and the​ dog will realize face licking is​ unacceptable.

Jumping Up - Jumping up may not seem such a​ bad habit,​ but if​ there are young children about it​ can be quite dangerous. Your dog will not know that jumping on​ you​ is​ o.k. but jumping on​ the​ children isn't. This will just confuse the​ dog. Try to​ discourage this behavior by telling the​ dog "Down!" every time she jumps up. Give her a​ treat when she first responds and every time after until you​ just need to​ use the​ words.


There are lots of​ simple ways that you​ can train your dog. These are just a​ few. There's no need to​ tolerate bad habits in​ your dog as​ they can be so easily remedied. Oh,​ and never pay heed to​ the​ phrase "You can't teach on​ old dog new tricks",​ you​ can - it's never too late.




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