A lot of consideration needs to take place when you train a dog. It can be overwhelming on you and your dog, and you can become frustrated with the pace. There are several things that can lead to an easier and more fun training session, and you need to keep these in mind as you approach teaching your dog anything new.
It’s not always easy to keep track of the all the fun your having while your dog is clueless in front of you. However, it’s vital to keep it fun and upbeat for the dog’s sake. They learn best with repetition and wanting to please you. If you’re not having any fun, the dog will sense that, and he won’t want to stick around either. You want your dog to look forward to training sessions as time spent with you, pleasing you, not to dread coming.
If you start to feel frustrated with the session, it’s better to just quit there and come back another day then plod through. You’ll only end up getting more frustrating and making a negative experience for you and the dog. Keeping the sessions short (5 – 15 minutes) is a good idea to keep frustration at bay. It always uses the dog’s attention span to your advantage. Once your dog is losing interest, call it a day; he won’t learn much unless he’s actively engaged. You don’t have to have a session daily. 3 or 4 days a week, sometimes twice a day is a good routine. You don’t want to hit the training too hard, but you want your dog to remember earlier sessions.
Increase the times you praise your dog in relation to the number of correction you give. Reinforce the good points without coming down too hard on the mistakes your dog makes. He’ll have more fun and learn form positive reinforcement. Corrections should be gentle and calm, not harsh and demanding. Scaring your dog is one of the worst things you can do; it can significantly hinder training of any kind. Be firm, but nice.
If your dog becomes overwhelmed it’s better to stop the training session for that day instead of continuing. Let your dog have some fun while you come up with a new strategy that won’t cause as much confusion. Training is an ongoing process and you might not have given different methods a thought. Your dog will respond uniquely to training methods other dogs have either thrived or failed at; it’s all about personality and motivation.
It’s very important to be realistic with the results you expect. Training takes time and practice. He’s not going to get it in a day, and it might take a few weeks for progress to show itself. Don’t be too demanding on your dog. Patience and consistency go further than simply great methods.