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Things You Must & Must Not Do While Training Your Dog

Ronald is a pet healthcare expert who has worked in the animal healthcare industry as a Pet Healthcare Writer for around 3 years!

Dog training is by no means a walk in the park. In fact, training your dog needs a lot of effort and at the same time, it is extremely time-consuming. Moreover, more often than not, you are bound to make mistakes but that shouldn’t stop you from trying. Although dog training is very difficult at the beginning, it gets relatively easier with time. Also, as a pet parent, you really need to follow the right guidelines if you want to train your dog correctly. Thus, with that in mind, I am going to share with you a few tips and tricks that you must and mustn’t do while training your furry four-legged buddy. So, let’s dive straight in!


The Must’s When Training Your Dog

Right then. Let’s first have a look at the things that you must do when you are training your canine. Make sure you carefully read them.

Point #1 – 100% Focus On Your Dog

This goes without saying but when you are training your dog, especially at the start, you need to focus 100% on your buddy. By doing so, you will be able to train your dog properly and at the same time, it will help you in understanding their natural instincts and behavior.

Point #2 – Honesty Is The Best Policy

You’ve surely heard the proverb “honesty is the best policy”, and to be honest, it indeed is. It’s always recommended to start off by being completely honest with your dog when starting to train them. This means being completely serious when the training session commences. No fooling around and teasing them during the sessions.

Point #3 – Always Give Rewards For Good Behavior

It is absolutely essential to reward your canine buddy with dog treats for good behavior. For instance, if your canine friend listens to your command or does something you’ve told him to do, then reward him. This helps in the training process and makes your doggie grasp things quickly.

Point #4 – Consistency Is Key

Maintaining a regular schedule is quite important and highly recommended. Being consistent is something that you’ll need to inculcate because you cannot expect your dog to be perfectly trained in just a few days. Moreover, during the training sessions, be careful to use the same language and voice tone because it helps your dog understand the commands better.


Point #5 – Quick Thinking & Anticipation

As a pet parent and trainer, you will need to think quickly and anticipate your dog’s actions before he makes any moves. You know your doggie best, so it goes without saying that you will be able to tell what your canine is up to. Anticipation helps with preventing mishaps and also aids in making the training session run smoothly.

Point #6 – Slow & Steady Wins The Race

Training your dog takes ample amounts of time, so you really need to be patient and allow your dog some time to grasp things. Thus, make sure to teach your buddy one command at a time. It makes it easier for them to get the hang of it and you’ll be amazed to see how quickly and better they respond to your training techniques.

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Point #7 – Be Kind & Always Stay Positive

Always be kind to your training partner because a pleasant attitude will almost always result in positive results. Also, you need to be calm and composed, especially during tricky situations. For instance, if your dog does not respond to a certain command, it's okay. Just keep trying and eventually, your buddy will pick it up.

The Must Nots When Training Your Dog

Now, it is time to have a look at the must not's. For a successful and smooth training session, you will need to avoid these things.

Point #1 – Refrain From Lots Of Pampering From Others

As a pet parent and at the same time, the trainer of your beloved pet, it is essential that you refrain from lots of pampering from other members of the family. Since you are the trainer, it is important that you set an example for your doggy. You can let your dog get pampered by others, but make sure it’s very limited. That being said, the pampering should be done more by you than by others in the family.

Point #2 – Do Not End Training Sessions On A Negative Note

This perhaps goes without saying, but it is important that you refrain from ending daily training sessions on a negative note. Always ensure that you are finishing up a training session on a good note. This enhances positivity and makes your four-legged friend eagerly wait for the next day’s session.

Point #3 – No Unnecessary Punishments

There are days when you can be in a bad mood, and this can disrupt training sessions to a great extent. You may punish your buddy or raise your voice unnecessarily just because you’ve been in a bad mood. Thus, to limit yourself from unnecessarily punishing or scolding your pal, you can postpone your training sessions with them by a few hours, but do not skip it.

Point #4 – Say No To Chasing

Once the training for the day is over, we often tend to chase after our dog and try to cuddle with them. But since you are his trainer, you should act like one. Hence, instead of doing the running around, you should call out your dog’s name and tell them to walk towards you. This is also a way of practicing some basic training with your buddy.


Point #5 – Do Not Deceive Your Dog

When it comes to dog training, you must be serious about it. Playing games and teasing your dog, especially during the training session should be completely avoided. That being said, you mustn’t deceive your dog during training sessions. For instance, do not call your buddy for a dog treat and when they run towards you, you show them there’s no treat in your hands.

Point #6 – Try Not To Be Repetitive

When it comes to training your canine friend, try not to be too repetitive. Yes, repetition is good and it helps your dog grasp things quickly, but being too repetitive can hamper the training. Try avoiding it as much as possible.

Point #7 – Don’t Play Good Cop Bad Cop

There are dog trainers that tend to play good cop bad cop with their furry buddies. You must refrain from doing so because this disrupts the training completely. For instance, never heap praise on your dog by giving him some treats for good behavior, and then a few minutes later, admonish him for the exact same behavior. Doing so can confuse your dog, and can cause lots of disruptions in the training sessions.

Closing Thoughts

As a dog trainer and pet parent, you’ll always have to be on your toes in order to provide the best training for your beloved four-legged pal. So make sure you are following the above-mentioned “musts” and “must nots” and you will be good to go. Happy training, pet parents!

© 2022 Ronald Daniel Sampson

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