Dog Training

20 Tips Before Starting Dog Training

Tips Before Starting Dog Training

The tips that I give below are designed for the healthy coexistence of your dog at home. Anyway. You can apply those that you consider necessary, those that you think affect you or may do so in the future, so you should take advantage of it if your dog is still a puppy. Over time, you will have a balanced adult dog, and you will be one of those owners who enjoy their dogs, not those who suffer from them.

I must tell you that most of the problems of dogs originate at home due to the mismanagement of their emotions by their owners, so if you put the advice into practice, you will avoid many headaches, damage, and behavior problems difficult to treat (with ethologists, but it will cost you 2 to 3 times more per session).

20 tips before starting dog training

1. When you arrive home and your dog runs out of control to greet you, ignore him.

It is completely normal that when we get home, we want to greet our dog. What is wrong is to reinforce the anxious and uncontrolled behavior. What you should do is wait for it to calm down (it is obvious that it will not calm down completely) and ignore it until it stops jumping, barking, screaming, running, or all kinds of actions that you consider annoying or that may annoy other people who, at some point, go to your house to visit you.

After that, wait for him to approach you by wagging his tail, lying on the floor, or engaging in another type of controlled behavior. If you greet him and consent, this will reinforce him and help him understand that this is what you want from him.

2. When you leave your home and leave your dog alone or accompanied, do not dramatize.

When you leave, say goodbye simply, letting your dog understand that you’ll be back soon, even if you’re delayed.

To help with separation anxiety, perform your usual departure ritual an hour earlier. This way, you surprise your dog by indicating that you won’t leave for a long time, maintaining a brief farewell without dramatization.

A variation of the previous one is to leave for a moment and then come back. You would put into practice steps 1 and 2, mentioned here.

3. When you call your dog, it is to come to you, not to scold him.

When you call your dog by his name, it must be for something positive, be it serving him food, pampering him, speaking in a good tone, playing, going out, or whatever you need to do with him. If you are going to scold him, do not use the name. Tell him what you need to say, but do not use the name.

4. Your dog should not be in the kitchen; it is the worst place of all.

Place the food and water, if possible, in a place away from the kitchen. Followed by that, do not allow it to enter, or if it does, you must remove it. Also, keep the kitchen door closed.

5. If you have to scold your dog, let it be at the moment; then it won’t do.

If you are going to scold your dog, in addition to not using the name, it must be at the time that he is doing something you do not want; otherwise, it will not work because he will not understand what he did wrong and the problem will recur. In dog training, immediacy is handled, which means that it must be rewarded at the exact moment. If we do it before or after, it can understand something totally different.

6. When you do something with your dog, be it play or exercise, let it be one at a time; otherwise, you will scatter it.

You must play only one thing at a time, or if it is with toys, only one, and save the others. It does not matter that the game lasts 5 minutes or less; what matters is that you get used to concentrating on only one thing or activity at a time. This will allow you to learn many things because you will be focused on something and not dispersed.

7. Beware of toys; they can be a positive learning tool for training, or they can become destructive.

Get him toys that do not have any fabric—nothing that can damage or break. There are many toys made of a material similar to rubber that, no matter how much they bite into it, will not damage it. Some of them can put food inside, so they also serve to entertain your dog and keep him busy.

8. One of the purposes of the game is to improve the bond between its owners and their dog, not to tire him out.

Play one thing at a time, ensuring the dog enjoys it, even if it lasts only 5 minutes. Finish the game well so the dog still wants to play, creating scarcity without becoming saturated or leaving things scattered.

For those allowing their dog to play with others, it’s not bad for socialization, but bring their favorite toy to initiate play. Initially, it may require effort if they’re not used to it, but it’s necessary.

9. Do not play with sticks, balls, or tennis balls.

Do not play with wooden sticks; better think of toys that have that shape but are made of another material that is obviously appropriate for dogs. Don’t play it, or go back to playing with large balls. Lastly, avoid fluffy tennis balls. Opt for rubber balls, or those that have holes inside, to fill them with food.

10. If you don’t want your dog to eat everything on the floor, don’t throw food on the floor.

Give him food directly in the mouth or on his food plate; no throwing food on the floor. In this way, you give him the understanding that this is what he should eat and that everything that falls to the floor is not for him.

11. Every time you go to eat, do not feed your dog.

Do not give, or stop giving, food to your dog every time you eat. Additionally, if you give him food that is special for dogs and do it at a time before or after you eat, do it far from the place where you are going to eat. If you were in the dining room, give him a cookie elsewhere.

12. If you have a puppy and you must leave it alone at home or you cannot be aware of it, you must keep it in a pen.

You should get a playpen, as with babies, but much simpler and made of metal. They come in different shapes and sizes and are made of metal, although they are somewhat expensive. The other option is special doors for dogs, but for this, your house or apartment should have a corridor or a place where you can put them.

13. Does your dog bark a lot? Don’t pay attention to it, don’t give it anything, or reward it.

Stop paying attention to him or giving him something every time he barks. Wait a moment for him to shut up, and then, if you give him what he wants, In this way, you give him the understanding that he will get what he wants as long as he is quiet. The same applies if he is locked up; when he stops doing it, you let him out.

14. When you scold or punish your dog, you should verify that the other people who are with you know it.

You must inform everyone who is with you that the dog is punished and that they should not indulge in or reward it in any way. And because of the feeling of “regret,”  in the future it will become damaged, or they will ignore or disrespect you.

15. If your dog does not eat when he should, it is because he knows that he will have food all day.

If your dog is a puppy, you know that you should give him food three times a day, and if he is an adult, twice a day. Having clarified the above, as soon as his mealtime is served, you serve him. If he does not start eating immediately, you take the plate from him and wait for the next meal without giving him cookies or anything.

Again, at the next meal, you repeat the procedure, and if he does not eat, again until the next. It is very possible that the third or fourth time you feel compelled to eat, it is pure instinct. Once he starts eating, you keep an eye out, and before he finishes, you take the food away, making him want more.

At the next meal, do it again; don’t let it finish. In less than a week, your dog will have gotten rid of the bad habit of leaving food on the plate, and you will not have to buy concentrates.

16. Do not get used to your dog getting on the furniture if you do not want him to continue doing it afterwards.

Don’t let your dog take over all the furniture. The best thing you can do is buy his bed, or if you want dog beds, so that he can lie there. Or also, you can allocate a single piece of furniture so that it is only the one in which it is climbed.

If he is already one of those who gets on, put him down and keep his toys on his bed or on the floor so he does not have to get on. Additionally, you can reward them with cookies when he is in bed. And if you like to sleep near your dog, you can put his bed on the floor next to yours.

17. Beware of rough play with your dog; it can cause strong bites on the hands, scratches, and damage clothing.

Play with your dog, using toys in between, so that he will get used to them, biting or pulling them if that is the case, but he will not bite your hands or clothes. In the case that you are playing and your dog begins to bite your hands or clothes, you end the game and leave him alone. In this way, you give him the understanding that you do not agree with that behavior.

You wait a moment, and you play again. You repeat it as many times as necessary. Regarding pushing, it is better that you do not play it or play like that, especially with large dogs. There are more helpful ways to do it.

18. The tips should be applied both at home and on the street.

Both the advice you have received here and how everything you learn about dog training, you should practice at home (in different places such as the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, etc.) and also outside it, such as in a park, where you usually wear it.

In some cases, you will have to work more outside than inside the house. This is because the outside is not a space that you can control, so it will require more attention from you and your dog; therefore, it will take you more time, and you will have to reinforce it better.

19. Avoid buying or using extendable collars; they only serve to teach your dog to pull on the leash.

Use a fixed leash, whether you wear it with a collar or a harness. This will tell your dog that he has a limit and will avoid possible accidents due to damage to the button that regulates the length or that it can break.

20. You must wait for your dog to calm down before taking him for a walk.

For puppies, avoid creating anxiety by leaving early rather than rushing. Stick to schedules; if you plan to leave at 6:30 PM, take them out by that time or earlier.

Late owners may rush the dog out, exacerbating anxiety. For adult dogs, wait for them to calm down, even if it takes time. Start this process minutes before usual. Dog training classes offer exercises to reduce anxiety.

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