How to train any dog to stop chewing furniture
Many people feel that dog training is hard. Many also think that some dogs are simply just not trainable. Both of these views are wrong. The reality of the matter are these claims: all dogs are trainable, and training a dog doesn’t have to be hard work. Indeed, training a puppy can be fun. It is of course true that some breeds of dogs are easier to train than others. What we disagree with, however, could be the assertion that there are dogs which cannot be trained – because that is certainly so untrue. That which you venture to explore then, are the things you need to do, to get the training of your dog right.
Parameters for gauging success
You may be deemed to have gotten the education of your dog right just try to pass on the essential dog skills in your pooch within a reasonable period of time.
You’ll further be deemed to get gotten the training of the dog right just try to the essential dog skills in the enduring way. This is to say, in other words, that you will never be regarded as having been successful in training your dog if your pooch forgets the skill sets taught within a day.
Thus, in summary, the parameters through which success in canine training can be gauged include:
– The duration of time expended in passing on the essential skills for the dog.
– The relevant skills inculcated in the dog.
– How long the skills are retained from the dog.
Of course, should you be taking too long to pass on certain skills on the dog, if you are finding it impossible to inculcate certain skills in the dog, or if your dog keeps on forgetting skills trained to him or her, it doesn’t suggest that you aren’t doing things well. You have to keep it in mind that you have two variables at play here. The first of these is your skill, aptitude and dedication being a dog trainer. As well as the second of those will be your dog’s natural ability – against an identification where some types seem to ‘get’ things faster than others.
Early initiation as a key to success in the training dogs
In other words, there are some skills that one could only teach to some dog when he or she is young. This means that the commonly held belief that puppies below half a year of age shouldn’t be trained is altogether wrong. Actually, there are some skills you can find hard to teach to some dog that is more than six months. It is important to note that unlike us humans, dogs are (somewhat) highly evolved animals – whose life skills learning process starts the second they are born. For this reason a puppy that loses his mother at three months of age may be able to survive from the wild, whereas it could be very hard for a human baby who lost his mother on the same age to survive on his or her own in a similar environment.
The best time to start training your dog would be when he or she actually is learning basic life skills, in order that the skills you want to offer to him or her may also be adopted alongside those basic canine life skills. Like that, the required behaviors would be part of the dog’s personality. They’d be more deeply ingrained in her or him. This is not to say an older dog can’t be trained. It is just that you’d have a harder time (and fewer fun) training the older pooch.
It later emerges that some people who end up getting the sense that their dogs are certainly not trainable tend to be folks who make an attempt at teaching their dogs certain skills too far gone in the dogs’ lives. If the dogs fail to pick such skills, these are labeled boneheads – whereas it isn’t really their fault they are unable to pick the skills, but rather, the trainer’s fault due to having initiated training earlier.
The best use of rewards and corrections as a key to success in training dogs.
Whenever we get to the nitty-gritty of proper dog training, it emerges that various skills and behaviors is only able to be transmitted and ingrained in dogs over the right use of rewards and corrections.
The largest reward you can share with a dog is attention. And conversely, the most important correction/punishment you can give to a puppy is deprivation of attention.
Thus, if you need to get you dog to choose a certain behavior, you need to simulate (or rather illustrate) it to your ex, and then reward him or her (with attention) as he behaves accordingly, whist also punishing your ex (with deprivation of attention) when or she does not behave accordingly. Simply looking at the dog lovingly is often a way of ‘rewarding’ him or her with attention. Petting them is another form of attention reward. Praising the pooch verbally is an additional way of rewarding her or him with attention. True, your dog may not understand the words, but they may sense the emotions behind them. Dog seem to have that ability.
Meanwhile, in case your dog was enjoying your attention whilst doing something right and you also deprive him or her of these attention the moment she or he starts doing something wrong, he instantly senses the response and makes the connection between his misbehavior and the deprivation of attention. He is inclined to correct the behaviour, in order to regain your attention. This stuff work particularly well if your dog you are trying to teach is still young.
That which you mustn’t do, however, is to hit the dog as being a form of punishment/correction: the simple reason because the dog won’t realize that being hit can be a form of ‘punishment.’ Rather, the hit pooch will think that you are just being violent to them. If the dog continues doing things like running on the road or ruining neighbors stuff, you’d be better advised to figure out ways of restraining his movements, rather than hitting him.
Patience like a key to success in the training of dogs
You won’t be successful in dog training unless you are patient. You must keep it in mind that it takes dogs some time to pick ideas that appear too simple to us as humans. You will find people who have this misconception that you could only be successful in training your dog if you are ‘tough.’ To the contrary, this is one of those endeavors where kindness and also the ‘soft approach’ seem to work better compared to tough Spartan approach to training.
Persistence like a key to success in the training of dogs
Closely related to patience (as a secret weapon to success in dog training) is persistence. You will not be successful as a dog trainer if you give up too easily – that is certainly, like where you illustrate a preferred behavior to a dog, and after that give up if the dog ceases to pick it up immediately. The facts of the matter is basically that you have to illustrate a need behavior to a dog repeatedly, whilst using the necessary reinforcements, until the dog eventually concerns learn what is expected of him or her.
Consistency as a secret weapon to success in the training of dogs
This can be a scheme where, for example, having settled on a particular reinforcement (reward or punishment), you should apply it consistently, in order that the dog under training can understand what it actually means. One of several worst things you can do in the course of training a dog would be to send mixed signals, because when a dog gets confused, it might be very hard to train your ex.
Further keys to successful canine training
On top of these, you may want to undertake further research (online or perhaps the library) just before started.
And should your DIY efforts at dog training fail, you should consider enlisting the help of a professional trainer before abandoning the dog altogether.