Who would not like a well-behaved, obedient dog? In reality, however, dog training is a lifelong task require time, patience and consistency. It also differs depending on the age, breed, and environment a dog belongs to.
Not everyone has the opportunity to train their dog from puppy age, and not every dog experiences everything necessary to become a well-behaved dog in the important phase of socialization. Nor does every dog owner have the opportunity to regularly attend a dog training course. That’s why you will find an overview of all our articles and advice on the subject of dog training here.
Why Dogs Need Ttraining?
Proper dog training lays the foundation for your dog to stay physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged, and emotionally happy. A well-behaved dog makes living together a lot easier. Be it staying alone, walking on a leash, coming back safely, or leaving something to eat, these are just a few common behaviors your dog should learn. In addition, there are many commands such as sit-down, stand, or stay. The better your dog knows how to behave, the fewer problems there are.
You cannot take a dog into a restaurant that barks constantly because it wants attention. You cannot let a dog run free when it hunts. If your dog jumps on strangers, they won’t find it funny either. So you have to teach your dog which behaviors are desirable and which are not.
Fortunately, dog training is not a book that suits every pet parent. It is important to understand that you speak a different language than your dog. Therefore it is your task to find common communication with him so that your dog can understand you.
So dog training means helping your dog to find their way around in the human world in order to avoid conflicts with humans or animals and maintain a long, happy, and safe relationship between you and your dog.
Don’t Let Problems Arise In the First Place
What’s a problem in dogs anyway? If you live in an out-of-the-way area, you might not mind your dog barking in the garden. On the other hand, if you live in a densely populated area, the whole thing looks different.
So whether your dog’s behavior is an issue depends on the context and on whether it is a burden for you or those around you. What was not a problem today can become one if living conditions change. Then you will probably need to start looking for training opportunities and solutions.
It is best, of course, not to let behavioral problems arise in the first place. You can do this by training your dog how to behave properly from day one.
However, some behavior also arises from external influences. Biting, for example, can make your dog fearful of fellow dogs.
So there are problems that you can influence or avoid through dog upbringing and there are some that arise from external circumstances.
What Options Are There for Dog Training?
There are many different approaches in dog training, some of which are based on outdated knowledge or incorrect assumptions. Training methods that cause pain, scare, or intimidate your dog is exactly what you must avoid! All forms of violence, including intimidation, can deeply damage your dog’s trust in you.
To make dog training an enjoyable and fulfilling activity, you should opt for a positive reinforcement method that is rewards-based, fun, and effective. Dog training based on positive reinforcement helps dog owner understand how their dog thinks, learn, and communicate. In return, dog parents know how to reward their dog’s preferred behavior in real-life situations.
The key points here are encouraging desirable behavior and preventing undesirable behavior, without frightening, or hurting your dog. In order to reward your dog in a varied way – not just with food – it is necessary that you deal with its needs. Of course, this form of training also includes encouraging and challenging your dog. The result is a good relationship with your dog that is based on trust and security.