Nagging Doesn’t Work in Dog Training Either

By Maria Posted in dog training /

The training process between a dog and owner can be a difficult task. What can make this task so difficult is when the training process is actually hindering the learning process. Training your dog should be like a student in a classroom- no distractions. Unfortunately, distractions come in a wide variety, and are often overlooked as irrelevant.

For a young puppy, learning is everything. They begin learning from day one, and will develop most of their behavior skills within their first year.

Perhaps the largest distraction that is inherent in training is nagging your dog. The training process teaches them the right behaviors, but too often are they told “no” when they should be shown the “yes.” Waiting until your dog does the wrong thing, and then correcting them isn’t as influential as training them to develop good behavior. This is basically positive reinforcement, which is the best way to teach any dog. You show them what to do, and when they do it, you reward them. Incorrect behavior gets no reward. Because it is in a dog’s nature to please their owner, they will want to do the right actions.

This often requires diligence in your training. Don’t change your mind about permissible actions with wrong action later.This is usually common with the playful nips that young puppies are inclined to. If you let them bite you, playfully, don’t scold them for it tomorrow. Begin prohibiting these actions automatically, and don’t allow them, regardless of the situation. Or, allow them, but don’t change your mind and confuse them about it being okay.

This means other too. Don’t allow others to try to train your dog. Various commands, changing vocal patterns can be confusing. They may also teach them incorrect habits. Most notably, the “jump up on my knee, little puppy” is the most common amongst younger dogs who are thought to be cute. But this teaches them a very bad habit that can be hard to break later in life. And it isn’t that cute when a seventy pound dog jumps up on you or someone else.

Training your dog shouldn’t be full of distractions and confusion. You need to teach them their habits, and keep in mind that what you teach, your dog will learn. So don’t confuse them by changing your mind about what is acceptable and what is okay.

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