One of the best things in life is friendship, having friends makes everything better. The best things about dogs is that once you have a bond with them, they will be with you through thick and thin. Building a bond with your dog is one of the most important things to have, and with that will come an obedient dog. When you create that bond you both will trust each other and would do anything for one another. If we have a balanced relationship by having fun and being structured with your dog(s) you will lead them as much as you love them. You can create dogs that excel instead of struggle. When you create a strong bond with your dog they will consistently improve and strive for excellence.
One of the best ways to strengthen you bond, is by training with positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement dog training is a friendly, non-punitive method of teaching your dog to perform behaviors using food, toys, praise or other positive actions as a reward. Rewarding appropriate dog behavior makes that behavior more likely to occur in the future and is one of the most powerful tools you can use to shape or change your dog’s actions. For dogs that are not motivated by food, try training using praise (happy talk/or petting). If your dog is motivated by toys, try rewarding him with a game of fetch/tug. Those two are the most common motivators found in dogs, but there are also some dogs that are motivated by the company of other dogs, sniffing, ect, once you find what motivated your dog you will offer something that they want and in exchange you will have their attention. Once they are motivated it is crucial that your timing is on point, your dog must be rewarded immediately for responding appropriately to a cue. That is, through a reinforcement, your dog will associate particular behaviors with actual rewards.
One of the biggest things about dog training is that you need to be OVERLY CONSISTENT! If you are not consistent then the dog may not truly understand what you want from them or they may also take advantage of that opportunity and from then on they think they can get away with doing that behavior. It is important that everyone in the family use the same cue and should never reinforce the wrong behavior. We’ve observed many families giving the dog different cues (verbal/hand signals) which will confuse the dog, making the training process longer then if everyone were to be consistent. Try not to get too discouraged and give up on your dog before they’ve had the chance to actually prove themselves, every dog is different in their learning capability so make sure you are giving your dog adequate time to learn what is expected from them. The key is repetition and following through with your dog, even though it might be discouraging and you feel like they will never understand what you want them to do, when it finally clicks it is one of the best feelings of accomplishments and will put a huge smile on your face.
Dog training should be a fun, short and a happy experience for your dog and for you! If you’re in the Charlotte Dog Training area you can book out your FREE demo today: 704.775.8237.