DIY Dog Training
Often times I have noticed trainers (I am talking about the ones who have promoted themselves as professional dog trainers, but yet to know the basics) making simple mistakes while training dogs. This happens because they have not spared adequate thought on what works well and how to make things work well for which dog.
Common mistake: Lack of understanding of “what Rex does what you don’t want” vs “what Rex doesn’t do what you want”.
There is a subtle distinction between “what Rex does what you don’t want” and “what Rex doesn’t do what you want” although these seem to have a very close resemblance. What Rex does what you don’t want is for instance, jumping to greet you when you are back home, should need correction with sharp, strict and firm corrective words (rather a sound that Rex associates with wrong things that he should not repeat) – “NO” accompanied with refusing giving him treats/reward. What Rex doesn’t do what you want is for instance, not coming on command, may need positive reinforcement, which can be effectively done by rewarding him and praising him better when he comes on calling.
Solution is to eventually and gradually filtering out the undesirable behavior (what Rex does what you don’t want, for example jumping to greet you when you are back home and pulling on the leash on walk) by positively reinforcing for desirable behavior (what Rex doesn’t do what you want for instance, NOT jumping to greet you when you are back home and NOT pulling on the leash on walk).
Another thing: Are You His Leader Yet?
Reducing undesirable behavior—“Don’t” and inducing desirable behavior “Do” requires extensive study of how your dog looks at you. When you train your dog yourself it is important to understand what he thinks about you and why should he follow you. Are you his leader yet? Primarily it is important to establish the alpha membership within your pack. Bossing and punishing doesn’t really work with puppies. Those actions will ultimately worsen up the things. The trick lies in Positive Reinforcement Training methods – reward based training methods that most moderns canine behaviorists have successfully employed. Success depends all on how efficiently you can See the world through your dog’s eye. Remember, for you to be the best leader for your dog, it requires positive understanding and the ability to make your dog feel that you are a pack member – just a little above him in the hierarchy. Praises and rewards on good job and ignoring (refusing to give him attention) when he doesn’t do well is the basics of teaching your dog what you want him to learn.