Training your dog, no matter what his personality is like, will take some time and effort. Here are five important things to know before training your dog.
1. Have patience
Some dogs might be more eager to learn and pick up a new command quite easily, while some dogs might be more stubborn and distracted. Remember that your dog is trying to learn what you want him to do. Even the most obedient dogs might take some time learning a new thing if they can't quite understand what you want from them.
2. Don't became frustrated with your dog
Even the most patient people might come frustrated when their dog hasn't picked up a new command after an hour of training or if their dog forgets everything they just learned the next day. This goes along with having patience. If you feel like you might become angry or frustrated with your dog, or even upset or annoyed, take a break. Go for a walk with your dog. Do something relaxing and wait until you're both ready to continue training.
3. Don't overwhelm your dog
Admit it, your dog is smart. He might keep you on your toes all day and always find a way to steal your food or chew your shoe, even if you're right there watching him. However, too much training and repetitiveness in your training could overwhelm your dog. Try not to teach him too much in one day and keep training sessions short for the best results.
4. Don't set high expectations
No two dogs are the same, and your dog could become overwhelmed if you expect too much of him. Instead, set those standards in your mind aside and live in the moment as you walk through your training with your dog.
5. Don't be tight about training
Training isn't another chore for the day. It isn't something you should try to avoid, either. It also isn't something you should stress too much about and be too strict about with your dog. Training doesn't always have to be a time you have to set aside, either. You can spontaneously train for a minute or two on your walks and casually at home. Have fun with your training. With positive methods, training is a bonding experience that both you and your dog will enjoy. Don't be surprised if your dog begs you to train him every day if you've followed these steps!
What are some ways you ignite your training sessions?