Understanding Your Dog
Before we can start talking about dog training and behaviour, it is extremely important to understand their instincts, natural behaviour, and ancestry.
Understanding your dog is a key factor when training your dog. It is important to know what they are comfortable with and what they are uncomfortable with. Not all dogs love being at the center of attention. I often compare dogs with humans. There are people who like to be the center of attention and can excel in that area, while others are shy and simply do not like to attract attention.
Behaviours like barking may become a problem if you don’t understand why your dog is barking: the role of any dog is to protect his or her pack leader against possible threats. Your puppy is not barking to wind you up, he is barking to alert you to a possible threat and to avoid what it feels threatened by. When you understand your puppy, you will know when and why you need to discourage or encourage certain behaviour. And this will help you to know that dog training involves directing the instincts already present in your dog. Your new dog will want to go with his natural instincts. It’s your role to establish achievable limits for him.
Dogs are an intriguing creature that loves nothing more than a simple pat on the head or rubbing its belly occasionally, and in return, they offer us their undivided loyalty, devotion, companionship, and attention. Many dogs enjoy learning new tricks and can actually thrive in a regular training routine. Others have difficulty mastering the basics only. This all come to understand and respect your puppy’s personality.
It is really important to not get angry with your dog because of his inabilities. This will only hurt your bond and the relationship with your dog. Love your pup for their positive and respect what he cannot do. Set realistic goals for your pooch’s personality type when training. Do not show your puppy anger or frustration. It damages their self-esteem. Understanding and accommodating your puppy personality will greatly help you both in training and in setting realistic goals. It is important to note that your dog is your companion and your best friend. You should be having fun together and keeping one another from being lonely.
The right way to know what a puppy is capable of is to set training goals. Set long-term goals and short-term goals. Short-term goals should comprise basic training steps like stay, sit, and heel. Long-term goals will be the real tricks and commands. Develop a routine that comprises of trick training and obedience training. Use trick training as a means to build your relationship with your puppy.
If you need more help, a dog trainer or dog behaviourist can help you get the best out of your puppy and help them do exactly what you need them to do. I invite you to learn more about training your puppy by visiting Doggie SOS for more information and advice.