How NOT to Train Your Dog

Nearly every dog owner wants to train their dog properly.  However, nearly an equal number seriously miscalculate the amount of time and effort it takes to teach a dog.  This results in a familiar set of missteps that are often made that could, with more or less effort, be wholly evaded.

Dogs should not be treated as furry children.  Even though the average dog has the intellectual development of a two year old human, there are more contrasts than similarities.  While dogs are incredible at processing language, they are unable to rationalize as people do.  They can’t connect cause and effect the way people do.

For instance , when you order your dog to “go lie down” you may want him to head to his sofa dog bed or crate .  At the outset , if you don’t assist him to make the connection between the command and his dog bedding by actually taking him there as you are expressing the command, you are setting him up for frustration .

This can start being highly frustrating as the same command is repeated over and over, and the dog appears to brush off the commands.  usually it is not brushing off the command; it is likely that they don’t understand it.  It appears it should be straightforward because they’ve displayed the proper behavior many times previously, but today they are being headstrong.

Some dogs probably would be called stubborn if they were human.  However, they can be thrown off easily or not be able to put together the command of “sit” today with yesterday’s behavior and subsequent reward.  There are some possible explanations for this behavior.

Patience is the one character trait that dog owners need to have.  You must be ready to repeat those same commands over and over again, knowing that there are times when you won’t get the results you expect and are looking for.  There are many dogs that may take up to two years to learn commands past the most simple to the degree that it really becomes second nature.

Always remember that patience means that you hold your temper when what you actually want is to smack or yell at your dog.  It’s normal to think about taking the easy route of corporal punishment as the first reaction for correcting the dog’s behavior.  On the other hand, this should be reserved for only the most serious situations.  The dog doesn’t really understand why they’re being swatted.  This will not result in confidence, but rather fear.

However, dogs are like people because they too will more readily seek to please those that are trusted than those that are feared.  They only follow those that they fear when they have no other option.  But dogs make decisions very differently than humans do.  They usually withstand any punishment they undergo without actually learning from it.  Corporal punishment is not a compelling way of training.

Here’s how NOT to Train your dog:

  •  Fail to remember that your dog processes information differently than humans and speak to them like they were people.
  •  Continue to think that a dog can connect events across time and situationscome to the same conclusion as you.
  •  Get frustrated and intolerant when they don’t act as you want them to. Swat them for not behaving the way you want.

Follow these totally fruitless methods and you’ll end up with a unstable dog and you will be an unhappy owner. But if these aren’t the results you are looking for, be ready to change YOUR behavior, before you try to change the behavior of the dog.

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