Regardless of how much we love our pet friends, a stubborn, hard to train dog can be extremely frustrating. It may seem like a a natural, easy fiet at first, being dogs are trained all the time, but then the frustration sets in.
First of all it’s important to realize that what may work for one breed of dog, may not work for another. Specific breeds tend to be more stubborn and harder to train, although that doesn’t mean that they can’t be trained. They may just need a bit more consistency and perseverance.
So what do you do?
The way you communicate with the animal and the consistency of communication are two big aspects to proper training. It’s easy to get lazy and lax with training, but when it comes to these adopting these two errors, be open to “untrained” possibilities.
Realizing that it’s not the dog, it’s what you do or haven’t done, along with mastering a few key concepts will make you and your pooch both happy.
- Consistency. It’s easy to begin to teach your dog basic commands or even more advanced training. When it seems like they get what’s going on it’s all easy to go on autopilot. This can begin to show in the response times of your commands. It’s important to continue with consistency, even the most basic of training principles.
- Training Session Length. Training your dog takes consistency. Training to long or to little can both have negative impacts on your goal. Training to long can undo any positive responses, while training to short may not develop the action trying to be taught. Action, success, reward. Repeat a few times for consistency, and then end the session. Repeat throughout the day.
- Balance Praise and Treats. Communicating with your dog through praise and appreciation is essential for long term success. Treats are a great way to begin training, but relying on treats only will actually begin to defeat your success. A dog can become so fixated on what they are getting that they lose focus of what should be done. Develop a balance.
- Create Calm. Being overly emotional when in training mode can prove to be emotional…for both you and your dog. Often as humans we will train or pets in the moment of frustration or anger, when we are fed up. Or if they do or don’t listen we immediately become abundant with positive or negative emotion. Setting the tone with a calm, neutral demeanor plays a big role in training ol’ fido.
- Be Confident. Your dog understands energy more than you may think. Exuding confidence is a very big part in gaining and keeping authority. It also prepares you for handling situations. Remember confidence does not mean aggression. Make sure you are confident in both what you do and what your dog will do.
Patience and consistence or very important when you are training your dog. Remember that you are the one in control of the situation. You are in control of developing the responses and actions you want. Although it’s easy to blame the dog, you are the human who opted for the animal and is setting the tone of actions. Set the right training tone with your pup!
Remember to train safely and be mindful of heat exhaustion, dehydration and over heating in your dog.