It may look easy watching a dog perform simple tricks or listen to basic commands from its owners, but doing the training yourself is not a walk in the park. You need dedication, understanding, and tons of patience in order to train your dog successfully.
Dogs mostly respond well to simple obedience training. But first, you must familiarize yourself with the right techniques and principles. Follow the tips and tricks below to improve your dog’s retention:
- Choose a set of commands before training your dog. These words and phrases are essential because you need to use them consistently, so that your dog will remember them easily. Using different words for a single command will confuse the dog and hamper its learning.
- Initially, it would be best to have one person perform the training. It is easier for the dog to retain information if it can focus on one trainer. Once it mastered the basics, you can teach your family members to do the same.
- Your training sessions must be short enough to hold the dog’s attention. Dogs cannot concentrate for long durations. Repetitive training session that lasts for 15 minutes or so is more beneficial than forcing your dog to train for hours in a day. To make your dog learn faster, you may give them several 10-minute short sessions per day.
- Make your every session fun and exciting. Your dog will more likely learn in a distraction-free environment and if the task is engaging.
- Reward your dog for a good behavior or successful execution of command. The reward system is a tried and tested approach, and one of the quickest ways of teaching your dog. The reward can be a treat, toy, or a simple snuggle. When the dog associates the reward with the good behavior, he will more likely repeat it.
- You may incorporate the distance command once they learn the basics. Teach him by using the words stay or come from a distance. Initially, start giving the command not far from the dog. Gradually increase the distance, once they learn how to perform it.
- You should be consistent with your methods. Because dogs often learn through association and repetition, you must ensure that you follow the same method consistently and use the same word commands each time.
- Do not jump to the next trick until he mastered the first one. It can be tempting to rush training if the dog seems eager to learn, but even the most intelligent dog will likely get confused if you jump too quickly from one command to the next. Make sure he can perform the trick consistently before you move to the next one.
- Since simple tricks are easier to retain, try to break a complex command into several simpler steps. Before a dog can learn how to jump off a barricade, he must be taught how to walk towards the barricade first.
To sum it up
Dog training is a fun and rewarding experience if you know the right way of doing it. Consistency is the key, as well as a little creativity. If the dog finds each training session enjoyable and fun, he will retain information better and will more likely look forward for the next session.
However, if you’re complacent and unreliable, it will only confuse your dog and hours and hours of training will be pointless.