A Pet Parent Guide: The Best Way To Teach Your Dog Tricks
We Know How Cool It Is To Show Your Friends That Your Dogs Can Do A Trick
However, what is the best way to teach your dog tricks? For many pet parents, it’s a feat that seems tougher than it really is. Whether you like sporting your dog’s amazing tricks on social media or with your friends in person, it’s really a joy to behold, and not that difficult to do pull off.
However, dogs don’t naturally learn how to perform tricks. You have to teach them how to do it. Thankfully, all dogs can perform tricks as long as you are patient enough to train them.
Of course, when it comes to training, you can do it the hard way or the easy way. Obviously, you want to teach your dog in the quickest and easiest way possible. So, here’s how to train your dog tricks. Read on to learn more!
Keep It Short And Sweet
Dogs are sometimes like children and even adults. They have their own attention span and whether you like it or not, they are relatively short. According to research, your furry friend may only have enough attention for about five to ten minutes. So, you need to adjust the length of your training according to this time span.
Having short training sessions all throughout the day should work. Like, 10 minutes of training in one hour. You can gauge your dog’s ability to stay focused. So, adjust accordingly.
Teach Without Distractions
Your dog will learn better and faster when there are fewer to no distractions. Look for places where there is less noise, people passing by, and other things that may cause your dog to lose focus.
Once your dog has mastered a trick, you can then bring him into a place where there are a few distractions such as in the park. Do this so you can better improve your dog’s ability to follow commands. Increase the level of distraction as you go along.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Studies upon studies show that dogs are better trained with positive reinforcement techniques. What this means is that your dog learns better with rewards rather than punishment.
Using rewards like treats, encouraging words, and play reinforces good behavior. On the other hand, punishing them for not learning a new trick is very unhealthy. This could lead to anxiety, fear, and even trauma. All these may damage the wonderful relationship you have with your pooch.
Start Training Early
The best time to train your dog is when they are a puppy. By this time, you should already set house rules and ensure that your dog is able to follow them.
Moreover, simple commands such as come and sit down are easy tricks to learn. So, you can start teaching this to your puppy. However, more complicated tricks such as heel and stay need a longer period of training and attention span. It’s best to teach these tricks when your puppy reaches at least five months.
Patience is a virtue and this is truly correct when it comes to training your dog. There will be times when you’ll get frustrated. So, be sure to take a break once you feel overwhelmed. Don’t force it. You might do something you’ll regret in the future if you train your dog while you’re angry or not in a good mood.
Take one step at a time. Every dog has its own learning curve. Most importantly, enjoy the process.
This article won’t be able to cover everything you need to know. Thus, it is essential that you do your research. Read books and magazines. Speak to pet trainers and see what advice they can offer. Your vet could also help you out if you have questions.
Finally, use the power of the Internet. There are numerous articles, blogs, and videos to help you teach your dog tricks. The more knowledge you gather, the better you’ll be able to transform your dog into the best trick performer out there!