Dog Training Basics
Dog training basic is where we all have to start when we get a new dog.
Dog training basics – start at the beginning
If there is just one tip with regard to dog training it has to be this. Start at the beginning, on the very first day you bring your dog home. That means day 1. This is so that your new dog associates the rules with the new environment from outset. There is no point allowing your dog to lay on the sofa for the first week and then try to train him not to do so. He will be confused.
Dog training basics – the key
The key to dog training is to consistently reinforce on an ongoing basis the behaviour you desire. And you ignore or deter the behaviour you don’t desire. Nearly all behavioural challenges are caused by poor or inconsistent training on behalf of the owner. They are also caused by not allowing your do to develop basic social skills of being with other dogs and people. Establish limits, boundaries and clear rules so your dog understands your expectations. This will result in a content, sociable and well behaved dog.
Dog training basics – dogs, not humans
Don’t forget that although we all adore our dogs, they are dogs, not humans. They do not have the same thinking process or rationalisation skills as humans. Dogs want to please their human owners and want their attention. So the behaviour you praise or give attention to (both positive and negative) is the conduct that your dog will continue to do.
Dog training basics – common mistakes
There are two quite common mistakes people make with their dogs.
The first is somewhat counterintuitive. If you comfort your dog if it is frightened, nervous or concerned, this only serves to reinforce that behaviour. So the best approach might be to use a distraction tactic which can serve to change your dogs focus and attention. This should result in a change of state where it is no longer frightened.
Secondly, when your dog is mega excited, for example when you first come home or see the dog after being away. If you over do it and excite the dog even more it is nearly impossible to for the dog to follow your instructions or commands. Also an excited dog isn’t always a happy dog. A dog in an aggressive state will also look like it is excited and is unlikely to be in a state of happiness at that time.
Dog training basics – classes
You would do well to consider attending some dog training classes offered by a professional dog trainer. It can make a huge different to the your relationship with your dog and create a happier, more well balanced dog. So when thinking about dog training, most owners just associate this to basic obedience courses. Obviously this is the base level training your dog and you should do together. But if you just do this sort of training, you might be creating a limit and restricting the true capabilities of your dog. You will never really know what the dog is capable of.
Specialist dog training
Just doing basic obedience classes is also the result of dog trainer’s or training schools limitations. There are specialist dog trainers / dog training schools who can bring the best out of your dog in different areas. Sometimes these schools focus on training different breeds or groups of breeds which have a natural instinct or inclination of certain traits. Below are some specialist dog training course available.
Examples of specialist dog training classes
Here are some of the samples you’ll find when looking into dog training classes.
• Advanced Obedience Training.
• Dog Sport Training.
• Relationship Dog Training.
• Nose work Training.
• Puppy Training and Socialization.
• Agility Instruction and Training.
• Swim Training.
These specialist dog training classes are just some of the options offered by specialized dog training schools that will unlock the true potential of your dog. These courses go way beyond basic obedience dog training.