The training of a dog is very important for its development and a responsible owner should always try to show his dog how to behave.
Although there are many different styles and methods of dog training, it is advisable to understand how dogs perceive us and how they can be made to understand us better.
I have gathered five tips to help you better understand how a dog understands you in a training situation, so you and your canine friend can enjoy a training session that is as harmonious as possible.
While it is ideal to train a dog from a puppy about seven weeks old, older dogs can be trained, but may need a lot of reinforcement to reverse the unwanted behaviors they have learned.
A person should train the dog
Unless you use the services of a professional dog trainer. In this case you can act as an informed amateur, ideally only one person should train a dog. In fact, dogs, and puppies in particular, literally identify with a trainer at best, and even a slight change in style or behavior can be confusing for the animal. An ideal scenario, for example, in a family, is for the person training the dog to be patient and take time to inform other family members about the dog’s improved behavior and progress, especially with a puppy. This is to ensure that the dog learns at a smooth pace and in a consistent manner.
The importance of eye contact
Every time you order a dog, you must first make eye contact. This shows the dog that you are serious and also acts as an excellent non-verbal continuous signal for the dog, which now knows it is in communication mode.
Using simple commands
Use simple and clear one-word commands, preferably with visual hand movements. Dogs respond well to simple instructions because they cannot understand complex sentences.
Try not to customize a command
Reserve your pet’s name for compliments and rewards. Calling your dog by name to scold him is less consistent. It is also helpful if you want to call a dog by its name, as it will always associate its name with a good experience and is a good habit to develop. If you need to scold your dog, it is always better to approach him so that he does not associate his arrival with a negative experience.
Please be brief about your area of expertise
Do not blame your dog for more than a few seconds and do so immediately after the incident. Dogs have limited attention and may forget why you are scolding and confusing them. This also applies to the positive behavior you want to reward, and you should always praise your dog immediately after a positive action so that he directly understands the situation you have influenced.