Dog training has always been considered as one of the most challenging tasks of pet owners. It involves teaching a dog to become obedient and well-behaved. It is also one of the most rewarding jobs that a dog owner can undertake. In addition, this task involves a lot of time, patience, and effort. But the results are always worth it.
To address these issues effectively, dog training requires the consistent application of a comprehensive behavior modification program. Dog owners who are serious about dog training must commit themselves to this task. A program for good behavior may not be effective if it is only implemented during extreme cases. Dog trainers should be able to apply and practice a good behavior modification program on a daily basis and be able to derive satisfactory results without having to resort to corrective measures such as shock collars.
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to dog training is that excessive leash waving is required in order to get a dog to behave properly. The fact is that excessive leash waving might create more problems rather than solving ones. For example, some dogs may get strangled by their long leash if they do not know how to walk properly on it. Also, some dogs may become frightened by too much leash waving as they might mistake this signal for an attack from another dog.
Another common mistake that dog owners make when it comes to dog training is teaching their dogs too many basic commands. It is true that there are certain basic commands that every dog should know like sit, stay, come, and down. However, it is advisable to have at least three basic commands at all times. Basic commands such as stay and sit require the dog to listen to the trainer rather than the other way around.
If you think that dog training teaching is expensive, think again. There are plenty of do-it-yourself dog training books available in the market and online resources that will guide you through the process step by step. Also, there are dog training seminars held regularly which you can attend for free. You can ask for assistance from your local vet once you already have problems with your pets or you want to teach them a particular skill that is not commonly taught to dogs.
When it comes to dog training, some people believe that professional dog trainers are the only ones who can teach their pets. On the contrary, professional dog trainers are just like any other teachers. They too need patience to teach their pets the right thing to do at the right time. Professional pet dog trainers know that dogs learn faster and more effectively if they are given a challenge. For instance, you can use a toy as a reward for obeying a command.
In dog training, you must know that some basic commands such as sit, stay, come and heel are almost always easier to teach to dogs than others. In order to make your basic commands easier to teach, you can mix some of your dog training techniques with some of the advanced techniques. For example, when it comes to teaching your dogs basic commands, you can use simple treats as your reward while praising him or her the moment they obey correctly. This will make them love you even more because your love and affection makes them feel good.
Aside from dog training books and DVDs, you can also take advantage of some of the dog training seminars being held regularly. At these seminars, certified, experienced and professional dog trainers share their knowledge and skills so you can choose the best option for your puppy or adult dog. Most of these seminars also include practical demonstrations on how to properly handle different situations where dogs may find difficulty in performing their basic commands. You will see how trainers handle different kinds of situations such as long walks, obedience trials, field trips, parties and other similar events where dogs might be a bit nervous.