Training is an essential part of dog ownership. The right amount and delivery of training sessions can transform your pet into a more intelligent, well-behaved home dog. Aside from the necessity of having patience, the ability to remain composed, and sufficient time, there are other things that should be considered when training your pet. Here are some tips to guide you:
1. Use Food/Treats as an incentive
Food can play a very effective and crucial role in effective training. It also helps to establish dominance and leadership over your dog, which improves the likelihood of your dog obeying your commands.
2. Never use your dog’s name in a negative way
When calling your dog, refrain from using their name in a harsh, forceful manner, especially when correcting their mistake. They may misinterpret their name for punishment and in turn, result in a negative response.
3. Train your dog as soon as possible
Just like humans, the younger you are, the easier it is to pick up a language. However, it is important to remember that very young puppies are still growing and are not fully developed yet. Therefore, they are very fragile and may not be suited for any demanding training sessions as this may cause some serious, long-term (and even permanent) damage. In addition, if you adopted an older dog, try to train them as early as possible, preferably during the periods in which they are still unfamiliar and insecure with their new living space. They will naturally be drawn to remain close to you, so everytime your dog follows you around, make it a habit to say “come” before praising them. Constant repetition will make them accustomed to the command.
4. Make sure you do a thorough health check-up on your dog before training
It is important to visit the veterinarian and make certain that your dog is clear from any health issues before commencing with the training process to ensure a safe, clear programme unwarranted by unwanted behaviour.