5 Awesome Dog Training Hacks

by Anne-Marie Smith
dog training hacks

Dog training can be tough. The number of professionals that advertise their services in dog training is proof of this. Dog training requires lots of patience and lots of expertise. Still, dog training isn’t something that you will necessarily need a professional for. With a little bit of understanding, a lot of patience and some preparation, even a beginner can train their dog just as good as a professional.

Common Dog Training Mistakes

5 Dog Training Tips

Here are 5 tips for anyone looking to train a dog for the first time. This article illustrates some of the common mistakes that new dog owners make when trying to train their dogs. It gives advice and solutions for many of the problems that can complicate training for new dog owners. It encourages patience and understanding when dealing with your new pet.

Maintain consistent boundaries

This is probably the most important aspect of dog training. You need to know exactly what you’re training the dog to do and stay consistent about it. If you don’t want your dog sitting on your favorite chair, you have to keep this rule and maintain it. You can’t say “oh, but he looks so cute in it”, take a few pictures, pet him, and then continue on trying to train him to keep off. You can never give in and you have to establish truly solid boundaries.

Dogs are smart but they aren’t smart enough to understand inconsistent teachings. You need to constantly reinforce boundaries and drill them in so that they are solidly communicated to your new friend.

Give dogs treats, love, and lots of positive reinforcement

If the only reinforcement that your dog gets during training is negative, then your dog might turn against you. If they feel that there is no incentive to listen and that they aren’t being loved and cared for, what reason do they have to listen to you in the first place? You have to treat your dog with respect and love and give lots of positive reinforcement whenever your dog listens and does what you want them to.

Buying some good dog treats to give your new pet when they do what is expected of them is a traditional go-to for dog training. Be sure to try out many different treats and maybe even take your dog to the pet store and let them pick out some treats for themselves.

Not all dogs like the same treats and you’re going to get a lot farther in dog training if your dog really loves the treats that you give them. Usually, dogs prefer more natural treats to artificial ones like flavored dog biscuits, but that isn’t always the case. Hides and bones are some of the best things you can give a dog. Dogs love bones!

Don’t push it, have realistic expectations

Your dog isn’t going to load and unload the dishwasher. Your dog isn’t going to turn the television on for you and change the channel if the remote control has run out of batteries. Your dog will likely never be able to make your bed. Beyond this, your dog isn’t going to instantly learn how to poop outside.

Dogs understand body language but they aren’t psychic. It is important that you have realistic expectations and don’t push your dog too far. Not only will this make your dog upset and confused and less likely to listen in the future, but it will also decrease your own morale and consistency in training going forward. Know what you are trying to get from your dog in training, establish the boundaries, and make sure all of your expectations are 100% realistic.

Basic training is the foundation on which your dog may be able to learn more complicated tricks and protocols in the future. When you first start out training, keep your expectations realistic and stay consistent.

Don’t get frustrated with dog training

It’s not only important that your dog doesn’t get frustrated and confused during training but it’s also important that you, the trainer, don’t get frustrated. Dog training is going to require nearly unlimited amounts of patience from the trainer. As we’ve said, dogs are smart and they are able to learn but they aren’t telepathic.

The whole point of dog training is that dogs require lots of guidance and lots of reinforcement, consistency, and boundaries in order to be properly trained. There are going to be a lot of mistakes and accidents. If you get too frustrated early on because things aren’t going totally your way, then that is going to create lots of problems going forward.

Don’t let your dog see you get upset and frustrated because this will just confuse them. As well, getting frustrated can put a huge dent in your attitude and patience going forward. Stay calm and collected and if you feel yourself getting a little hot under the collar, step back and take a break from training. Go get a snack and recoup and come up with a new plan. Remind yourself that patience and understanding are key and not everything is going to go your way immediately.

Pay attention and listen to your dog

Just like with love, affection, and positive reinforcement, understanding your dog and their own unique form of communication is integral to smooth and proper training. Your dog needs to be given total respect before they can be expected to give you total respect and you will need to make a strong effort to understand their unique wants and needs. Dogs are all individuals and there is not always a go-to solution for how to understand and train your dog specifically.

Dogs always have their own way of communicating, so watching and paying close attention to your dog will give you a firmer understanding of your dog that will help you with training. You will want to make a strong effort to understand telltale signs your dog needs to go to the bathroom, for instance; that way you can let your dog out so they can go in the yard.

You will want to understand when your dog is hungry, when your dog is scared, when your dog is upset, and when your dog is getting a little too tired for training. Respect your dog and they will respect you. Treat your dog with dignity, patience, and understanding, and training them will be a breeze.

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