Basically, there are a few core principles that will help you teach your dog regardless of what you are trying to teach them. Here, we like to share with you Zak George’s six indispensable dog training secrets that will make you a better trainer, and it only takes as little as 5 minutes to learn.
Most dog owners find training their dogs can be a challenging task, especially for first-time dog owners. It is always a good idea to get some tips from an experienced dog trainer. This way, it will make the training more enjoyable, achieve better outcomes and both you and your four-legged friend will enjoy training as a fun time together instead of the old school way of ‘do this, or else….!’
1. First and foremost, you should focus on training your dog from the inside out. What this means is rather than making your dog do something by forcing them, say using a pinch collar to discourage your dog from pulling. You should try to make your dog want to do something like motivating your dog to want to stay with you rather than pulling ahead. So that the behavior emerges from the inside out.
Outside in training has a ton of shortcomings. If you rely on a pinch or choke collar to teach your dog not to pull on a leash, don’t expect a compliant dog once those collars come off. Patches are no substitute for proper dog training. The outside-in approach can sometimes be toxic to the bond that you’re trying to build and it’s usually less pleasant for your dog.
2. Prioritize bonding– the bond is the next essential cornerstone of When you focus on building trust, respect, and understanding with your dog, the natural side effect is you will have a well-behaved dog that listens to you. So how do you bond with your dog? Well start by playing with them, fewer things accelerate a bond-building faster than play. Taking care of their needs and be kind, patient and empathetic every step of the way, and offer a lot of love.
3. Learning to communicate. Always remember that we made dogs that were good at taking direction from and coexisting with us. It is in their DNA, they have an exceptional ability to understand humans. So, while it can take some time to establish fluent communication with your dog, it will happen if you’re committed.
Start with the eyes, dogs naturally look at our eyes to gather lots of information about us and as you get to know your dog, you will learn a lot about them from looking at their eyes too. Communication is a two-way street, get to know your dog signals as well. So, if your dog appears a little bit more nervous, use a more delicate approach and if they’re excited, maybe be a peppier and more enthusiastic approach is the way to go. This will come naturally as you spend more time with your dogs. Or if they are just kind of weird, you too can use a weird approach with them.
Focus on teaching them to be bilingual too, use hand and verbal signals for everything you teach them. For example, ask your dog to lie down, and when he responded to your real subtle lie-down hand signal, straight away reward him with a treat and a pat. Feel free to speak to your dog in complete sentences, much the same way you might speak to a young child, over time they will learn to understand you far more than you may have ever thought possible. The more credit you give to your dog, the more they will rise to the occasion.
4. Be consistent. Now, this is a big one! You are so much more likely to have the well-behaved dog that you desire if you are great at being consistent. Dog training basically boils down to this; if the dog gets a positive outcome from a behavior, they are likely to repeat it and if a dog gets an unfavorable outcome, well they will less likely to repeat it. Say, if you ask your dog to spin, if he didn’t spin that time there is no need to use harsh corrections, instead just limit the access to the thing they want, in this case, it’s a treat, that is all you have to do.
When your dog is doing something you don’t like, you need to be there to show them what you do want them to do virtually every single time. For example, if your dog is jumping on a guest, you need to be there to show them that you prefer that they sit instead. And when your dog does something you do like, you should be there to reward them and show them that they are on the right track almost every single time during that first year of training.
5. Control the environment. The most common mistake dog owners made is not doing this properly. The best way to curb bad habits is to keep them from becoming established in the first place. If your dog is brand new to training, attach them to you as often as possible, and when you can’t have them attached to you, make sure they are in a place where undesired behaviors cannot occur.
6. The importance of exercise. High-energy dogs are the most likely to cause issues for most people. But the vast majority of behavior problems can be eliminated with regular exercise, and if you see fit, do some fun exercise with your dog just before training might help to take the edge off. But make sure you do not exhaust or overwork your dog, otherwise, they will not enjoy and focus on the training.
Thank you Zak George for sharing the below video, which is sponsored by Rover and Zak’s crowdfunders on Patreon. https://youtu.be/AVkpO7k5BGI