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Do Not Train Your Dog This Way!

Nearly every dog owner wants to train their dog properly.  However, nearly an equal number seriously miscalculate the amount of time and discipline it takes to instruct a dog.  This results in a common set of missteps that are often made that could, with more or less effort, be completely avoided.

Dogs should not be thought of as furry children.  Even though the typical dog has the intellectual development of a two year old child, there are more contrasts than similarities.  While dogs are incredible at processing language, they are unable to think as humans do.  They can’t put together cause and effect the way humans do.

For instance , when you instruct your dog to “go lie down” you may want him to head to his sofa dog bed or crate .  At the outset , if you don’t assist him to make the connection between the command and his dog bedding by actually taking him there as you are expressing the command, you are setting him up for failure.

This can wind up being extremely frustrating as the same command is repeated over and over, and the dog seems to ignore the commands.  Most often it is not brushing off the command; it is likely that they don’t understand it.  It appears it should be clear because they’ve demonstrated the right behavior many times before, but today they are being headstrong.

Some dogs probably would be called stubborn if they were people.  However, they can be distracted easily or be unable to connect the command of “sit” today with yesterday’s behavior and subsequent reward.  There are some possible explanations for this behavior.

Patience is the one quality that dog owners need.  You must be able to repeat those same commands over and over again, knowing that there are going to be times when you won’t get the conclusions you expect and want.  There are many dogs that require two years to learn commands over and above the most basic to the degree that it really becomes second nature.

Keep in mind that patience means that you control your temper when what you really want is to lash out physically.  It’s normal to think about taking the easy route of physical punishment as the first reaction for correcting the dog’s behavior.  On the other hand, this should be reserved for only the most serious situations.  The dog doesn’t really recognize why they’re being smacked.  This will not result in trust and confidence, but rather fear.

Never the less, dogs are like humans because they also will more readily seek to please those that are trusted than those that are feared.  They only follow those that they fear when they have no other choice.  But dogs make decisions very differently than humans do.  They usually withstand any punishment they suffer without really learning from it.  Corporal punishment is not a compelling training technique.

Here’s how NOT to Instruct your dog:

  •  Ignore the fact that your dog has a nature different from yours and speak to them like they were human.
  •  Continue to think that a dog can connect events across time and situationscome to the same conclusion as you.
  •  Get angry and intolerant when they don’t behave as you expect them to. Punish them for not behaving the way you want.

Follow these absolutely fruitless methods and you’ll end up with a maladjusted dog and you will be an unhappy owner. But if these aren’t the results you are looking for, be prepared to change YOUR behavior, before you try to change the behavior of the dog.

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