Training a puppy can be all kinds of stressful. You will want to give up and the fear of gaining more grey hairs will stalk you, but patience is key! Here are 6 tips to staying positive when training your pet.
1. Move On: If your dog “does not get it” than move onto something else. Do not punish your dog instead think about how you can improve it. Could it be that your training session is tool long or your dog did not learn the meaning of the cue yet.
2. Bad Behavior: Now you will probably remember that we should not reinforce the so called bad behavior. Right? However, there are times when this might be good strategy. Think about it! How would it be if you teach your dog to do some “bad behavior” on cue or command and than…well, you never give that command.
3. STOP! : As the word itself implies it is very important to prevent bad behavior instead of letting it happen and than having to deal with it. Think of this as of “baby-proofing” the house instead we do it this time for our dog.
4. Be Clear From The Start: Make sure that dog understands the cue. Try using combination of cues like voice and hand signals.
5. Ignore, Ignore, Ignore: Ignoring dog can be very successful strategy. When our dog does something bad we should ignore him until he offers positive behavior that we can reinforce.
6. When It Gets Complicated: This is nothing else but to ask your dog to do something else that is incompatible with his current behavior. If your dog is jumping and you ask him to sit would be great example. Just we we, so dogs can not be jumping and sitting at the same time.