We all like the idea of sharing good times with our four-legged companion, but for this we must also worry a little about his education and teach him such basic things as answering our call.
However, we tend to make many mistakes when training a dog due to our inexperience and possibly trying to imitate techniques seen on television or videos on the Internet.
To avoid these problems, from Dogsis we want to show you what are the most common mistakes when educating a dog.
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Index of contents
- 1 Conduct sessions without grooming the dog
- 2 Not understanding age ranges
- 3 Using an inappropriate technique
- 4 Choosing a bad place for training
- 5 Do not repeat sessions frequently
- 6 Not knowing how to understand our dog
Conduct sessions without grooming the dog
One of the most frequent mistakes when educating a dog is trying to do it without having previously let the dog release its excess energy.
Before starting any training session, we must have had a good time with our dog, letting him relieve himself, smell things and play with other dogs.
It is essential that our dog has satiated his anxiety and released his energy in order to start a proper dog education session. otherwise, we will not have your concentration.
Not understanding age ranges
Every day we do not surprise more when we see people trying to train puppies of two or three months of life as if they were fully adult dogs, and they even get angry if they do not do it well….
The training of a dog can start from six months of life, and always little by little, with a lot of patience. It is from one year of life when we can begin to make more serious sessions.
The only thing we can and should do with dogs less than six months old, is to start teaching them to relieve themselves outside the home and some trick how to come to the call either sit or lie down.
On the other hand, we must be aware that an adult dog will be more stubborn when it comes to learning than a young dog. We can’t compare a one-year-old dog with a nine-year-old… obviously it will take more time for the latter to learn new things.
Using an inappropriate technique
There are still many people who, through ignorance, continue to use conventional techniques of dog education, where if the dog does something well, it is rewarded and if it does something bad, it is reprimanded or punished.
The dog education techniques They have evolved a lot and it has been shown that the most recommendable and effective is the positive reinforcement technique, where the dog is rewarded when it does it well, but it is ignored when it does it badly.
Under no circumstances should you hit a dog (it is considered animal abuse and is punished). Also, the dog’s behavior can become aggressive and instead of teaching him something positive, he will be learning negative things.
Choosing a bad place for training
Once our dog is fulfilled, that is, he has played and got tired a long time before the training session, we must choose a quiet place to start.
Another mistake when training a dog is trying to do it on a street where there is a lot of traffic or noise that can cause him to lose concentration. We must select a quiet place where, if possible, neither dogs nor people distract us.
It must be a pleasant place, where it is neither too hot nor too cold and where there is no excess noise. It can be outdoors (in a quiet park) or at home (a room for ourselves).
Do not repeat sessions frequently
We continue with another of the most common mistakes when training a dog, which is to teach him a trick and repeat it the next day to see if the dog remembers it and finish.
When we teach our dog something, we must be insistent to the end. As simple as the trick is, we must practice it in all training sessions.
Remember that dogs learn by repetition, the more times we practice something, the better it will be engraved in their mind. And of course every time he gets it right, you should give him a prize.
Not knowing how to understand our dog
It is one thing to know a little canine language To know how our dog is and another very different thing is knowing how to tell our dog what we want him to do.
Without offending, we are the owners, who many times do not know how to properly educate a dog and we get frustrated thinking that our dog is stupid and does not learn…. when the fools are us
Teaching a dog to sit is very simple, pressing the back of its back while we give the order.
But teaching him other tricks how to stay seated even if dogs pass by him, walk beside us without a leash or bark at our command, are much more complicated and not everyone knows how to teach.
So before educating your dog, you should inform yourself thoroughly about how to perform the exercise you want to teach him. And if you don’t get it in a few weeks, don’t be mad, just go to a professional trainer to teach you.