When training your dog, developing consistency and a good attention span, as well as understanding your pet’s needs are key to good training.
For best training results, the first tip is to be consistent. Set a list of ground rules for your pet dog. Your dog needs to follow every one of these rules, and if he or she is doing a good job, show positive reinforcement, and negative reinforcement should he or she disobey. Dogs know if their owners are consistent or not and treat them accordingly. Dog training can be made easier if you are a person that the dog can follow and show respect to.
The bulk of good dog training depends on how you can sustain your dog’s attention and make it maintain its focus. Dogs may respect consistent leaders, but what good is it if they don’t understand simple instructions? Your dog can pay better attention and retain it through these quick and easy exercises. Shout out the word “Watch” as your dog looks at you after you call him or her over by name. By doing this, you are reinforcing your dog’s attention as you aim for him or her to associate the word “Watch” to looking at you. A dog’s attention span can be improved, but first, drill him or her on the “Watch” technique – with success. Treats are for dogs and not owners, but you may want to pretend to eat one, then give the “Watch” command to your dog afterwards. After you stay at the same place for a few seconds, give your dog some much-needed praise. Repeat this exercise as needed, preferably until your dog can pay attention to you for a minute. Your dog’s attention span can determine how good a student it will be.
Understanding a dog’s mindset is the next step to effective training. Dogs are like toddlers as they have a short attention span – about 20 minutes or less. Dogs usually stop paying attention after you’ve trained them for about ten to twenty minutes non-stop. That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule regular dog training to last no more than thirty minutes on any given day. And you can make training more fun for your dog – this can help improve its focus. Dogs usually dread training days, so try to make them look forward to it. This can be done by openly showing your appreciation for its efforts. Be empathic when showing praise for a job well done, and always have enough treats to reward your dog. A happy dog is always expected to train better than an unhappy one.
These are among the simplest techniques you can use, but there are more ways to improve your dog’s training than what can be contained in this short piece. Training doesn’t have to be drudgery for doggy – he or she can enjoy the training and the time you spend together, show respect for you as the owner, and make you look like a good and responsible owner in your neighborhood.