There is certainly more than one way to train your dog, and dog training does not have to be a chore if you will take the time to learn the simply ways of how to train a dog.
Training your dog should be part of your daily relationship with your dog which takes away the work out of it and your dog will gradually evolve into a better behaved and social pet.
A well trained dog will enhance the bond between both of you and improve the quality of her life.
Different people hold different views when it comes to training their dog.
Views as diverse as:
- Using a reward to encourage your dog during training.
- Be firm with your dog so that she will know that she cannot get away with bad behavior.
- Assert yourself as the pack leader.
Whatever may be the approach, the bottom line is that you want a well behaved and cultured dog that you will be proud of both in private and in public. A dog that will not chase after every moving thing or barks at every opportunity among many other good behaviors that a dog will benefit from proper training.
What you may not realize is that in your daily relationship with your dog, you are already providing some training for her without knowing it. For instance every time you call your dog by name and she comes to you, then your dog already understands the come command you only need to associate it with the word “COME”.
The key is understanding how your dog learns
A lot of dog owner complain that their dog will not listen to them. But then how will your dog listen to you if she does not understand what you are talking about any more than a human being will continue to pay attention to someone that is supposedly speaking to her in a foreign language.
In the same vein if you want your dog to listen to you then you have to understand how she learns. This will enable you to communicate effectively with her.
One of the primary ways that dogs learn is through the consequences of their behavior and their future behavior is determined by the nature of the consequences.
Like humans, animals (dog inclusive) will make effort to get the good things of life and avoid the unpleasant – this is where the power of effective communication with your dog resides.
If the behavior of your dog results in immediate reward (whatever the reward may be), then your dog will make effort to repeat that behavior so that she can get the reward. It is important that the reward come immediately after the good behavior so that she can associate the reward with her good behavior.
The consequences of your dog’s behavior either positive or negative must not just be immediate but must be consistent.
If her behavior results unfavorable consequences such as being ignored then she will strive not to repeat such behavior.