Problems With Dog Training

Many dogs have inadvertently learned incorrect behaviour from their owners and require to​ be educated in​ how to​ behave correctly. it​ would be very unusual for a​ dog to​ be simply "bad" or​ "untrainable",​ in​ the​ vast majority of​ cases the​ dog has simply learned bad behaviour - or​ not learned "good" behaviour!

The first step is​ to​ remain calm and in​ control,​ shouting,​ smacking and screaming are not as​ effective as​ consistent positive training (i.e. rewarding the​ dog for good behaviour - with treats initially and then just with attention,​ cuddles etc - and ignoring them when they behave inappropriately).

Secondly make sure the​ dog realises that you​ are the​ "pack leader" and not the​ other way around,​ many owners try to​ spoil their dogs in​ the​ vain hope of​ an​ easy life - this is​ far from the​ case,​ once your dog realises that it​ can get the​ attention/treats/rewards it​ desires by repeating patterns of​ (bad) behaviour,​ essentially the​ dog will be training you! This is​ why many people have barking problems with their dogs. Most dogs dont realise whether barking is​ a​ good thing or​ a​ bad thing. Sometimes when the​ dog barks,​ it​ is​ ignored. Other times,​ the​ dog is​ praised (warding off possible intruders). And yet other times,​ the​ dog is​ shouted at​ (owner has a​ headache/is tired/is on​ the​ telephone etc). People are consistently inconsistent,​ especially when it​ comes to​ their pets!

When it​ comes to​ housetraining,​ remember that your dog is​ an​ instinctively clean animal. if​ the​ dog can avoid it,​ it​ would rather not soil itself or​ her usual eating and sleeping area. All the​ dog needs is​ positive encouragement when it​ eliminates in​ correct places.

A popular,​ modern method for dog training and obedience is​ "Clicker training",​ this is​ a​ slang term used to​ describe a​ way of​ training dogs that has become increasingly popular in​ the​ last decade due to​ its gentle and effective methods. the​ scientific term for it​ is​ operant conditioning. Simply put simply put,​ an​ dog tends to​ repeat an​ action that has a​ positive consequence and tends not to​ repeat one that has a​ negative consequence. the​ problem with other types of​ conditioning is​ that it​ is​ difficult to​ reinforce good behaviour at​ a​ distance,​ the​ clicker allows you​ to​ mark with great precision the​ good behaviour for which the​ dog is​ being reinforced,​ even if​ it​ the​ dog is​ some distance from you.

The clicker is​ a​ simple cheap and effective device,​ basically it's just a​ metal strip encased in​ a​ plastic box that when pressed makes a​ unique sharp clicking noise that the​ dog can distinguish easily from background noises. if​ you​ are having any problems training your dog this should be the​ first product on​ your shopping list.

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