Some Common Mistakes in Training Your Dog

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Some Common Mistakes in Training Your Dog By John Savage

Expecting your dog to learn what it is that you want them to do is not always that easy. If you expect them to get it right after just one or two sessions of training, then you may be expecting too much.

And you may be in for a big shock when you discover that training can often take much longer than you expect it to. Much of the reason for this is often because of mistakes which the owner, not the dog, makes.

For one thing, it's good to remember that training your dog should be a positive experience for you and your dog. It's too easy for owners to get caught up in every little "mistake" that a dog makes and concentrates on punishing these mistakes rather than concentrating on rewarding a dog when she obeys or does something right

And remember that dogs love to get the attention and approval of their owners, and will do almost anything to get it, so when they do something right them praise them, and praise them, and they will soon make getting that thing right the norm.

Another common mistake that you may be making when training your dog is thinking that you dog understands a word you're saying! Too many owners fail to realize that dogs have no memory and no grasp of language except to associate a few words with certain actions.

If they make a mess for instance in your house while you are out, its no good yelling at them when you come in, they will not connect the two things. Just show some tender loving care, and a big spoonful of patience.

Its a bad mistake to get all upset if your dog does not respond in the way you want her too, and if they keep making the same mistake do not punish them, just call up an extra dose of patience, and keep at it.

The last mistake that I want to talk about is the one of having too high an expectation for your training. If your dog does not progress as rapidly as you hoped, then its no good getting mad about it, just accept it, and perhaps consider the possibility of some professional training.

And there is no need to feel embarrassed by asking for professional help, it just shows that you are a caring dog owner and that you want the very best for your dog.

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Roxy February 14, 2009 at 2:24 PM  

Some very wise words.

Getting a big dog to do as you'd like isn't about how much you want it, but how much patience you have to get it.


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