Many also believe that some dogs are simply not trainable. Both these views are wrong. The fact of the matter is that: all dogs are trainable, and training a puppy does not have to be hard work. Indeed, training a dog can be fun. It’s obviously true that some dog breeds are easier to train than others. What we disagree with, however, is the assertion that there are dogs that can’t be trained – because that’s so untrue. What we venture to research then, are some of the things you will need to do, so as to find the training of your dog right.
Parameters for gauging success
You are going to be deemed to have gotten the training of your dog right if you are able to pass on the critical dog skills to your pooch within a reasonable timeframe.
You will likewise be deemed to have gotten the training of your dog right if you manage to the critical dog skills in a lasting way. This is to say, in other words, that you won’t be considered as having been very successful in educating your dog when the pooch forgets the skills taught within a day.
Thus, in a nutshell, the parameters through which success in dog training can be gauged include:
– The duration of time expended in passing on the essential skills to the dog.
– How long that the skills are kept from the dog.
Of course, if you’re taking too long to pass on certain abilities to the dog, if you’re finding it impossible to inculcate certain skills in the dog, or if the dog keeps on forgetting skills taught to him or her, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not doing things well. You have to keep it in mind that there are two factors at play here. The first of those is your ability, aptitude and dedication as a dog trainer. And the second of those is the dog’s natural ability – from a backdrop where some dog breeds seem to ‘get’ things quicker than others.
Early initiation as a key to success in the dogs
Simply put, there are a few skills which you can just teach to a dog while he or she’s young. This means that the commonly held belief that dogs under six months of age shouldn’t be trained is altogether erroneous. In fact, there are some skills you’ll find difficult to educate to a dog that is older than six months. It is worth noting that unlike us humans, dogs are (in some ways) highly developed animals – whose life skills learning process starts the moment they are born. That’s the reason a puppy that loses his mother at three months old may have the ability to survive in the wild, whereas it would be quite hard for a human baby who lost his mother in exactly the same age to survive on his or her own in a similar environment.
Now the best time to begin training a dog would be when he or she’s learning basic life skills, so that the skills you would like to pass on to him or her are also adopted alongside those standard canine life skills. That way, the necessary behaviors would be a part of their dog’s personality. They would be deeply ingrained in him or her. This isn’t to say an older dog can not be trained. It is just that you’d have a harder time (and less fun) training the elderly pooch.
It later emerges that a number of the people who end up getting the impression that their dogs are not trainable are folks who make an effort at educating their dogs particular skills too late at the dogs’ lives. When the dogs fail to pick such skills, they are tagged boneheads – whereas it is not really their fault they’re unable to choose the skills, but rather, the trainer’s fault for not having initiated training earlier.
The perfect use of rewards and corrections as a key to success in training dogs.
Once we reach the nitty-gritty of dog training, it appears that various skills and behaviours can only be transmitted and ingrained in dogs through the ideal use of rewards and corrections.
The biggest reward you can give to a dog is attention. And conversely, the largest correction/punishment you can give to a dog is deprivation of attention.
Thus, if you want to get you dog to pick a certain behavior, you need to simulate (or rather illustrate) them, and then reward him or her (with attention) when he behaves accordingly, whist also punishing him or her (with deprivation of attention) when or she fails to act accordingly. Petting him or her is another sort of attention reward. Praising the pooch verbally is yet another way of rewarding him or her with attention. True, the dog might not understand the words, but they can feel the emotions behind them. Dog appear to have that ability.
Meanwhile, if your dog has been enjoying your attention whilst doing something right and you deprive him or her of that attention the moment he or she begins doing something wrong, he instantly senses the response and makes the relationship between his misbehavior and the deprivation of focus. He is inclined to correct the behavior, in order to regain your attention. These items work particularly well if the dog you are trying to train remains young.
What you mustn’t do, however, is to strike the dog as a form of punishment/correction: the simple reason being that the dog won’t know that being struck is a form of ‘punishment.’ Instead, the hit pooch will assume that you are just being violent to him or her. If the dog keeps on doing things like running to the street or messing neighbors up stuff, you would be better advised to find means of controlling his movements, as opposed to hitting him.
Titusville Rat Removal a key to success in the training of dogs
You won’t be successful in dog training unless you’re patient. You have to keep it in mind that it takes dogs a while to pick ideas that seem too easy to us as humans. There are those who have this misconception which you can only be prosperous in dog training if you’re ‘tough.’ On the contrary, this is one of these endeavors where kindness and the ‘soft approach’ appear to work better than the demanding Spartan approach to training. You won’t succeed as a dog trainer if you give up too easily – that’s, like where you illustrate a desirable behavior to a dog, and then give up if the dog fails to pick this up immediately. The fact of the matter is that you must illustrate a desire behaviour to a dog several times, whilst utilizing the necessary reinforcements, till the dog finally comes to learn what is expected of him or her.
Consistency as a key to success in the training of dogs
This is a scheme where, for example, having settled on a specific reinforcement (reward or punishment), you need to apply it consistently, so that the dog under training can understand what it actually means. Among the worst things you can do in the course of training a puppy is to send mixed signals, because once a dog gets confused, it gets very hard to train them.
On top of these, you may need to undertake additional research (online or in the library) before getting started.
And should your DIY attempts at training your dog fail, you should consider enlisting the help of a professional trainer before giving up on the dog altogether.