Dog obedience traing can be difficult when not carried out correctly

Dog obedience traing can be difficult when not carried out correctly. How do you stop a dog from doing something you wish he or she wouldn’t do? It isn’t always easy, especially when the dog sets its mind to doing it. Here are some suggestions to help you change the dog’s bad habits and improve your dog obedience training.

Dogs will constantly do what works for them. Any behavior that your dog displays, positive or negative, he/she does it because it gets them something they want. If its bad behavior that you don’t like or appreciate- think about what they get out of it and then take that away from the dog- the bad behavior will stop or change. Dog obedience training always starts with the right step. For instance, dogs generally jump up on people when they come home because they get some form of attention. Remove the attention and they will stop jumping up on you. You can remove the attention by saying “NO” with a firm voice and leave the room (closing a door works especially well) Don’t hit the animal. Wait a few seconds and try to re-enter the room – repeat until the dog gives you a different behavior. Reinforce the new behavior by entering the room and giving the dog the attention he seeks.

Dogs don’t generalize well and they are very context specific. That means that they can’t make leaps of understanding the way people do. We look at a paper tree and see it as a tree. We look at a real tree and see it as a tree. We see a tree on TV and see it as a tree. These are generalizations. Dog’s don’t think that way. To your dog they are 3 very different things and they can’t all be trees. A dogie example: you teach your dog to sit with a cookie but you always practice in the kitchen. Now you KNOW you have taught your dog sit and you take your dog outside where your husband is and try to get your dog to sit and he looks at you like you have 2 heads! Dog’s are very context specific and they don’t generalize well! Your dog only recognizes the command sit means SIT when he is in the kitchen. You have to teach your dog sit in 3 to 5 or more locations before your dog realizes that the command “sit” means the same thing EVERYWHERE! Sit in the kitchen is not the same as sit in the yard which is not the same thing as sit at the dog park and so on, this is how your dog thinks.

Determine why your dog is repeating the unwanted behavior. What is your dog getting for this behavior? Is it your attention, good or bad? Is it turning into a fun game for your dog? Again remove what your dog gets from the bad behavior and the bad behavior will change. If you have purchased your dog as a puppy, dog obedience traing early on is best advised to bring annoying habits under control

Sometimes you need to look at your own behavior. Do you leap to the dog’s beck and call by yelling at it or cajoling it to stop? Maybe this is exactly what pooch wants from you. Even angry attention is attention – your dog craves to be noticed and part of the pack. If you only notice or give attention when your dog is acting up – you are responsible for “training” him to be bad.

Remove the behavioral stimulant. Once you determine what your dog is getting for its unwanted behavior, you can remove the action or attention that stimulates the behavior.

If you have adopted your dog as an older dog with habits that seem to be set in stone. Relax, they are not. Remember dogs are very context specific and that works to our favor. The dog now has a new pack and a new home and if you set the limits and expectations immediately when the dog arrives at his new home, he will learn. Sometimes when you are dealing with a hardwired behavior like a border collie that is herding the neighborhood kids instead of sheep, you cannot easily counter train that out. It it so much easier to manage the situation, rather than try to train him out of it, by keeping him away from running kids.

Remove any possible physical stimulants. If there are certain objects, toys, plants etc. in your house or garden that appear to “set off” your dog, consider removing them, at least until the dog loses its obsession with the object. This might take some detective work, or it may be incredibly obvious! Give them a toy that they like, that they will spend an hour playing with. Get a plastic easter egg, fill it with treats, then put it in an even larger egg. They will spend hours trying to get the treats out.

Always reward the dog for good behavior. When your dog behaves in a way you do want, such as laying down instead of barking, reward him or her. He or she will be much more likely to repeat the desired behavior and less likely to repeat the “bad” behavior. When incentives for bad behavior are withdrawn and incentives for good behavior are introduced consistently, the dog will soon learn the preferred response. As stated earlier dog obedience traing comes with having the right knowledge.

Tone down your behavior by not showing aggressiveness. Avoid yelling, cajoling or responding in any manner that gives the dog signals that you are excited, playful, dog-focused or really angry. Whilst you may feel very irritated, even angry, the dog may misinterpret this for playfulness or “joining in”. Resist the temptation. Ignoring and silence is better than yelling – clean the mess up later after you send the dog elsewhere.

If your dog is running away from you and hiding you have a lot of work to do to redevelop your damaged relationship with your dog. Your dogs trust in you has been damaged and it will take a lot of consistency and positive reinforcement training on your part to mend the broken relationship and turn it into something fabulous!

Further Tips That May Help In Dog Obedience Training

Enroll your dog in an obedience class to open the lines of communication. Your dog will be much better behaved if you learn how to communicate what you do want, in addition to what you don’t want. There is also online assistance in dog obedience training which is listed below.

  • Use treats for good behavior.
  • Research “clicker training” or “Positive Reinforcement training” on the internet. This is the “method” of teaching that dolphin trainers use to teach them all those wonderful behaviors.
  • If you want to go further than dog obedience training, you might like to consider a “dog listener” who can communicate with your dog and try to see what is causing the unwanted behavior.
  • Make them a toy that they can use.

The methods listed above are a good source of information for helping anyone in dog obedience training who may currently be experiencing some issues with their own dogs. Many people these days are resorting to training their dog from online assistance which greatly aids in convenience of time and being able to carry out dog obedience training from home as well. This is a worthwhile avenue if you want the convenience of dog obedience training from home

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