No matter what breed of dog you have, there is always a trick, a method into training them how to behave. The first trick in the book that you must understand is that YOU are the best person to train your dog.
No one knows your dog better than yourself.
You must also remember that to successfully train your dog, it is better to have a healthy relationship with your pet. So in order to achieve this healthy relationship and to achieve success in dog training, you must always remember 5 important factors.
Firstly, you must always try to keep your dog happy and healthy. This is an important factor because not long ago, many people used the aggressive method and they didn’t realise how important it is to use cruelty-free dog training techniques.
But since then, professionals discovered that it is much more effective to work with a dog’s natural instincts and being positive helps build a lifelong bond and trust.
Secondly, you must have some background knowledge on your dog’s breed, its behaviours and trick training/obedience techniques suited to your dog’s breed.
Having this background knowledge and it’s behaviours is very important because this will give you an insight on your dog and it will make it easier for you to choose a method that is most suitable for your dog. Like humans, every dog is different. Some dogs may respond better to some methods than others.
Thirdly, you must choose the right dog behaviour programme and make sure that you see it through to the end. A very common thing that happens to dog owners, is that often, they are motivated in the beginning and then they suddenly lose interest. So they end up back to square one. So to achieve your goal, you must always stay motivated and interested in what you are doing.
Fourthly, through dog training, you must commit to developing a trusting relationship with your dog. If your dog has difficulty trusting you, then you will find training your dog much harder than anticipated. If your dog doesn’t trust you then he will be resistant to what you have to train him. So it is very important that your dog knows that you are always looking out for him and will do what is best for him.
Lastly, you must be forever motivated and interested in learning from dog professionals about how to care for your dog. If you are forever motivated and learning from dog professionals, then you can forever keep improving yourself and find new and better methods on training your dog.
So with these steps, you will be well on your way to being able to understand your dog better and be able to share a lifelong trusting and loving bond with your pet. This will lead you to be able to train it.
By Michelle L.