Golden Rules of Dog Training Basics- Basics of Dog Training
It’s essential that Dog parents like you know that there are certain factors that determine the relationship between you and your Dog. These factors can go a long way in effectively training him, or her.
Before you start training your Dog, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with each other. The importance of this bond is that it helps you to understand his or her needs and instincts. Every Dog has their own unique personality. The bond also allows your Dog to gain complete trust in you.
How Do You Build A Strong Bond With Your Dog?
The first, and the most crucial step in successful dog training involves building a bond. As soon as you bring your Dog home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him/her in order to win your dog’s trust and confidence.
Dogs are by nature “pack” animals, and want to be part of a family structure. When Dogs are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners’ training commands. Like any other relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Dog.
Trust, in a relationship, develops over time. It will not happen instantly, so you must show patients and be consistent while training your dog.
Respect is a product of defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.
Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Dog is almost impossible.
What Are The 4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Dog?
Spend quality time with your dog.
Take your dog out in the world and experience life together. Establish and promote a level of mutual respect.
Develop a way of communicating to understand each other’s needs.
Your Dog will remain calm, quiet, extremely well-adjusted, and easy to manage because of the bond that you build together.
Love Your Dog and He Will Love You back
After the bond is successfully built with your Dog, you can be sure that training him/her and teaching your Dog new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.
How Does Your Dog Learn?…
Your Dog’s learning period can be divided into five phases:
The Teaching Phase – This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Dog exactly what you want him to do.
The Practicing Phase – Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learnt, practice with your Dog what you have just taught him.
The Generalizing Phase – Here you must continue practicing with your Dog in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Dog out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you’ve taught him.
Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better .
The Testing Phase – Once you’re sure that your Dog has achieved almost 90% success….he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.
Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.
The idea is to test your Dog to see how he responds in an environment which is new to him. Set-up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Dog.
There are only 2 possibilities:
Your Dog succeeds!!! (Trumpets please!) In case your Dog fails, re-examine the situation. Review and/or change your training. Then try testing again. Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps – patience, persistence, praise.
Internalizing Phase – Finally, comes the extremely rewarding phase where your Dog does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.
Never scold your Dog if he fails. It’s not his fault. You have failed as a trainer! You must be patient and persistent for your efforts to show rewards. Appreciate and love your Dog when he does it right! A little encouragement will work wonders for your Dog.