First of all, you need to realize that training a dog is not simply about telling your dog what to do and expecting it to follow suit. Training your dog will require you to first understand how dogs behave. The behavior of a dog is the outcome of several factors. These will play a role in affecting the outcome of your dog training.
Some Advice On Understanding Dog Behavior
Note that dogs are individually different. Thus, you should get to know your dog as much as possible before training. For instance, try to find out why your dog keeps barking. There are numerous reasons for excessive barking, and these include separation anxiety, protection of territory, fear, and so on.
Observe your dog in social settings. Behavior is never completely acquired or inherited, but rather progressed based on the merged influences. Socialization is important in a sense that you'll be able to observe how your dog will adjust in a dynamic environment and effectively handle unacceptable behavior.
Know that dogs are thinkers as opposed to animals that simply behave. While dogs are unable to solve complex problems, they are not behavioral robots, either.
Steps To Training A Dog
Understand that there are 2 parts to training, and these are behavioral training and command-response training. The first part is to correct behavioral problems (such as aggressive behavior) and the latter is to teach a dog to obey commands.
Prepare a quite place that has minimum distraction. During training, state your command in a loud (but not frightening) and firm manner. The usual advice is to use the same hand movements together with each command. Repeat yourself until your dog obeys your command. Every time it does, reward with a tidbit or nice pat. Of course, you should already have an idea what type of reward your dog is most motivated by. Maintain 10 to 15-minute training sessions at least twice a day. As you go along, work your way to training your dog in more public, less-confined locations.
Generally, reinforcement through consistency and repetition is key in training any dog. Both good and habits are developed when an activity is repeated over and over again consistently. So while training your dog, it's important to be persistent and even if your dog already excels, training should be a continuous practice.
Tips For Training An Aggressive Dog
Behavioral training is slightly different in a sense that you're attempting to modify your dog's behavior. In any case, the very first thing to do is to spot exactly what is causing your dog's unacceptable behavior and eliminating it or slowly turning it into something positive. For instance, if your dog has a fear of strangers, properly socializing it with other humans or dogs may help. Of course, this needs to be done with safety precautions, by using a muzzle first for instance. Behavioral training can be extremely challenging, thus, an advice would be to check out some dog training schools for assistance.
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