Dog training is a long, never-ending process. There will always be days when training your dog just doesn't seem to work. Don't become discouraged, we have asked our team and collected 7 of our favourite training tips for you to make the exercises stick.
Set a goal
Everything is working like clockwork, your dog is enthusiastic and attentive while you are cheering inside? Then set yourself a time goal. You should not challenge your four-legged partner for longer than 15 minutes at a time, even if he shows no signs of fatigue. Otherwise you risk a sudden drop in performance or an unhealthy build-up of heat. Conclude the training with something positive, e.g. a play session or a cuddle.
False ambition is harmful
Learning and internalising new things takes time. If your dog has understood something and follows the command promptly, don't immediately go one step further. Let him and yourself enjoy what you have just learned. A few routine exercises that he has already mastered are better. Then repeat your lesson with him and be happy if he still remembers it.
Back to start
Is your dog unfocused, restless, distracted by everything around him? And you notice that he doesn't really listen when you ask him to do something complicated or new? Then it is best to take a short break from training (maybe he just needs to loosen up) before you start again - but this time with exercises that give him a sense of achievement.
The right treat
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Not always treats
Alternate, because there are also other possibilities for positive reinforcement: verbal praise, sometimes a belly rub, sometimes a toy that your dog can chase, catch and retrieve, and of course something tasty in between. This way you avoid the dog demanding his reward (not his praise/validation) at some point.
Never from zero to hero
We humans live by the clock. When there are lessons, we start on time. The dog ticks differently. He wants to sniff around first, get his bearings and, above all, get the blood flowing to his muscles and clear his head. You can offer him the best conditions for this if you race him for a few hundred metres before you start your training, give him a few strokes and let him concentrate on you. This increases his desire for "more", even if the more is exercise.
Motivation is key
You don't really feel like training and exercising? Then don't. Your bad mood will automatically be transferred to the dog, who will interpret your facial expressions and body language correctly. Moreover, you will be more impatient if you only work with the dog out of a sense of duty. By the way, the same applies if you feel uncomfortable. Only when both you and the dog are motivated will the exercises work.
Dog training should not only be successful, but it should also be fun for both dog and owner. With these 7 tips for daily training you can achieve both!