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Become an expert: tips to learn how to train a dog!

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Learning how to train your dog is a magnificent way to improve the relationship with your four-legged friend. Study all about it in this pet parent guide!

By Daniel Mar

Usually, dogs are eager to learn new things! You should exploit this. Starting at puppyhood, you should learn how to train a dog. It is important that your dog understand how you’d like him to behave and why it’s in his best interest to be disciplined. If you have decided to train your dog, first you must know that dogs and people are very different animals. In fact, dogs have some innocent but naughty tendencies which can be difficult to cope with! That is why this guide will show you some great tips about dog training.

First, you need to understand your pet

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Generally, pet parents complain that their dogs don’t listen to them. This is a terrible misconception and mistake. You should know that dogs don’t speak your language. So imagine how they feel when someone is constantly chattering in a foreign language. Dogs communicate with humans in a very particular way. Understanding this is vital in order to learn how to train a dog.

That is why to communicate clearly with your dog, you need to understand how he learns. Largely, dogs learn through the immediate significances of their behaviour. The nature of those consequences determines what they think about, what they did and how they’ll behave in the future. Likewise, dogs behave in a particular way to get good things. That is why, if a specific behaviour results in a food reward or a game of fetch, your dog will repeat that behaviour.

Reward good behaviour

There are training methods that use punishment, for example, leash corrections and scolding. These methods teach fear and are not as efficient. Other methods focus on teaching dogs what you do want them to do. This method is usually more effective and enjoyable for you and your dog. You can use treats, games and petting to teach your dog some good behaviours.

Bottom line: if you can teach your dog polite manners without intimidating or hurting him, why not do it? It is always better to avoid punishing him for all the things you don’t want him to do and concentrate on teaching your dog what you do want him to do. Furthermore, when your dog does something you like, reward him with something that he loves. In no time, you will see the results of your work. This is an excellent way to learn how to train a dog!

How to train a dog? 5 Amazing training tips

Tip 1: Maintain a positive attitude

The first thing to remember is that training your dog isn’t always easy. But you shouldn’t feel discouraged. Just keep things realistic. There will be times when this teaching process will frustrate you. In these moments, the way you talk to your dog will make all the difference in the world. If you really want to know how to train your dog, you must first do some practising on your own! Not only will you as the trainer benefit from this, but your dog will enjoy your low-stress attitude.

Tip 2: Dogs are not born understanding English

The first time you bring a dog home (a puppy) he will have no idea what any English word means. Don’t expect him to understand what “no” or “yes” Pet parents cannot actually think that dogs without training can get a cue on what to do.

Tip 3: Keep sessions short and on a daily basis

Training isn’t a one-time thing. If you think that you can expend the whole weekend teaching your dog how to sit so that he learns it in two days, you are wrong. Not only will the lessons not stick with your dog, but these dog training techniques won’t have any considerable effect on his obedience. Instead, keep the training sessions short and carry them out every day. By keeping them short, your dog will be eager to learn rather than wasting your time.

Tip 4: Train with high-value treats

It is amazing how much will your dog work for some pieces of treats. In case you didn’t know it, food rewards are highly efficient when teaching a dog! Especially when the lesson is difficult, you need to bring out the heavy weaponry. Try to get soft training treats, so you don’t have to wait for your pet to chew.

Tip 5: Be patient

Training takes time and effort. That is why you need to be patient and enjoy it. Eventually, the hard work will pay off. Always remember that with patience and persistence, both of you can accomplish great things.

Now you know how to train a dog! You are ready to teach your dog some discipline! Keep these tips in mind and good luck!

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