Every puppy or dog owner dreams of the day that they can proudly say that their dog can do tricks. What’s a better party trick or a better time to spend with your furry little friend than to say “roll” and have them roll on their backs, or understanding when “stop” means stop?
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, breeds, and personalities. Some dogs will be more stubborn than others – and like every adult specimen out there, the older they get, the more difficult they will be to train.
However, not all hope is gone. To successfully train your dog, you must devote your time and shower them with love. Training your dog is a good way to strengthen your relationship and enforce your dog’s habits to improve.
So, if you’re ready to become a dog trainer, then read on to find out how. In no time, your dog can be the dream bud of all dogs out there.
While older dogs can be more stubborn, puppies can be quite the hassle to train. You will need to dedicate a lot of time – up to hours in their earlier months – to training your dog even the simplest of commands, which are “yes” and “no.”
On average, a puppy will take from 5 to 6 months to be potty trained, but with some dogs, it could take up to three years, although that’s rarely the case.
If you’re getting a puppy or already have one, then you need to make sure that your schedule allows a good portion of your day to spend with your young one. Spend at least 20 minutes a day teaching your dog simple commands.
If they behave obediently, treat your puppers with something and say something to trigger the response, like “good boy” or “good girl.” This is known as conditioning your dog. You are reinforcing good behavior by treating them afterward and using word signals to create a pattern in their brains.
If your dog misbehaves, you can punish them by yelling “no.” This is a form of positive punishment. Make sure not to shout at, hit, or tug on your dog’s collar as a form punishment. This could scare your dog or cause him/her physical injury.
Training Older Dogs
One word: treats. Small rewards will keep your adult dog motivated and encouraged to play along, until it learns all the nooks and crannies to get that delicious treat.
When training your adult dog, you should take him or her out to an open space so that they could feel comfortable in their environment. At first, they won’t be so understanding of your commands, so keep them on a leash so that they’re not distracted by birds and squirrels.
You can begin by teaching your dog commands like “sit” and “stop,” making sure to reward them each time. Use your hands to motion or gently push their bodies while teaching them the command, so that they understand what the commands mean.
Some dog trainers recommend giving your dog certain supplements to help combat brain aging, but you should always consult first with a vet to see whether such action is necessary for your dog.
The important thing with training your dog – young or old – is that you be patient. Dogs, like people, are either fast or slow learners, but with enough dedication and effort, you’ll see progress.
Stick to 10 to 20 minutes each day, and your dog will eventually learn the commands you teach them. And the results are worth it!
So, are you ready to become a dog trainer? What tricks have you taught your dog? Let us know in the comments.
Andreas Olofsson is a big-time dog lover and the founder of Dogmembers, a website trying to bring dog owners together. We want to give you the best articles for free. Everything from dog tips, dog training, dog health or inspirational quotes. We believe that knowledge and Training info should not cost you money. Come say hi in our new facebook group. Who knows? You might get some new friends for life.