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Most people love their furry friends. However, if your four-legged companion doesn’t have the training to behave appropriately or eliminate undesirable habits, not everyone can be happy with them. Since ancient times, several methods have been passed down to teach puppies better behavior. But what’s the best way to apply these techniques, and what’s the best way to proceed? Discover the most effective dog training strategies that a competent K9 trainer would implement and the approaches that you should avoid below;

Encourage Positive Behavior

They learn new skills faster when you teach your dog how to behave instead of how not to behave. So, if you say “no” too often, think about what you want your dog to do instead. For example, when you get home from work, it would be best if your dog sat down in front of you instead of jumping on you. That would be a start to replacing several unwanted behaviors.

Remember that sometimes dogs exhibit unwanted behaviors because they are fearful or excited. But incentives such as play or treats can help dogs make positive connections to situations they would normally react negatively to, such as barking at other dogs when you take them for a walk.

Get Your Mechanics In Shape

It would help if you communicated to your dogs the exact behaviors you want them to exhibit. Please choose the right time to reward them. For example, if you want to reward them for going potty outside, you should do it as soon as they’re done. Waiting for your dog to run back to you means you’re praising them for coming to you. You can indicate the behavior you want to reinforce with marker words like “Good!” or a clicker.

If you keep this approach, you and your furry companion can communicate clearly about actions that the dog already understands but doesn’t always perform on command:

1. Use Cues

It is best to use cues only once. If you use them repeatedly, they’ll lose their effect. If your dog doesn’t show the behavior immediately, move on to another.

2. Use A Tactile Signal If Necessary

Give your pup a tactile signal to get him to perform the desired action. You can pat your thigh to get your dog to approach you. At the same time, you can wave your hand to get him to sit.

3. Hold Onto The Goodies

Hide the food until you notice their behavior. The most common mistake you can make is to let your dog take a bite of the meal before or during the prompt. A reward bag can be very helpful; however, you can also hide the treat from your dog, for instance, in your pocket.

4. Give The Food

You can hand over the treat to your dog by hand immediately. Alternatively, you can let the dog eat from the floor.

5. Reinforce Their Behavior

Rewarding your dog’s behavior only once in a while may make your dog inconsistent in its behavior. Your dog won’t know if its behavior is okay because it can not tell if you’ll reward it or not. Fortunately, the reward doesn’t always have to be in the form of food; it can be something else your dog enjoys.

Remain Consistent

There are different types of consistency: your goals, training techniques, and daily routine. They all have an impact on how your dog behaves. Canine companions often have difficulty anticipating their parents’ expectations, especially when those goals constantly change. They can not anticipate what you want from them if, for example, yesterday, you petted them for jumping on you, and today you scolded them for doing the same thing. It can be very stressful for you and your pet. 

Therefore, ensure that you are consistent in what you expect your dog to do. Making a few exceptions now and then is fine, but find a way to let your canine buddy know it’s an exception. For example, you can give a specific signal before you make the exception. You can also designate situations where the behavior is acceptable and your dog has acclimated to it.

Remember that your dog will not truly grasp a behavior or idea until they repeat it many times. Otherwise, he may forget it. You must consistently apply new behaviors when teaching your dog to recognize them in different situations, environments, and distractions. If you do not, your puppy may not be able to perform it later in real life.

Routines are an excellent approach to preparing you and your puppy for progress. They help you set goals for all-day routines, including play, meals, learning, and fitness. Remember to take breaks. If you and your dog aren’t in the mood to exercise, spend some time socializing by playing, keeping busy, or hugging.

Monitoring And Prevention Are Key

Sometimes the best solution would be to avoid a behavior altogether, or it may be helpful to focus on training. Pay attention to the context and reasons for a particular behavior. Does your dog seem irritable, anxious, excited, or bored? At the same time, observe the situations or times when they exhibit such behaviors.

Varied activities can keep your dog from getting bored and stimulate its brain. Chewing, scrounging through garbage, and barking are among the habits you can control. You’ll find it helpful to use leashes and baby gates to restrict access to certain areas of your house or prevent other pets from entering. You can also set up a custom greeting for visitors to control dog actions like jumping up. Although management and training often work best together, innovative prevention and management techniques can be helpful when training fails. 

Understand Your Dog’s Limitations

Training is time-consuming and requires communication, commitment, and patience. At the same time, each dog learns to their limits. Also, some dogs need more help than others to acquire certain skills or ideas. Keep training sessions short for both of you to enjoy them. If you want to be successful, give both of you a pause when one of you is irritable. You may also need to change your training program now and then as your dog advances. 

Are you having trouble teaching your dog a certain behavior, or aren’t sure if you can train your dog at all? You can schedule an appointment with us by calling (510) 629-9498, and we’ll provide you with a custom training pattern that fits you both. We’ll explain training assessment techniques, control options, and how factors such as breed, age, physical ability, and history can affect training. You can also visit our website at to learn more about our solutions.

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