All dog owners want their pets to be well trained. However, despite the various training methods for canines, most people become disappointed because they miss the crucial concepts. That results in some dogs taking longer to train or failing to grasp the training. Whether the dog shows some progress during the training or not could be a result of your training mistakes.
Here are some puppy training mistakes that you should try to avoid.
1. Command Nagging
When you give a dog an order repeatedly because it doesn't respond to it, that's command nagging. One common word with which command nagging happens is 'come.' Most times, pet owners say this word and keep repeating it when the dog does not respond. With time, the dog will ignore you until you do the repetition a couple of times.
Repeating cues teaches a pet that it doesn't have to respond instantly. So, when you say a cue, don't repeat it, even if the dog seems to be distracted. Instead, focus on capturing the pet's attention, and this way, you'll avoid command nagging.
2. Physical Corrections
In general, dogs don't do well with physical corrections. Instead, any physical correction creates fear and aggression in the pet. For instance, using bark suppression collars isn't wrong, but you need training on using them so you don't injure the dog.
Instead of physical correction, use reward-based training. For instance, dogs get motivated by food, and they'll do almost anything for a tasty snack.
3. A Lot of Early Freedom
Generally, puppies are curious about their surroundings. But when they wander around unsupervised, they will somehow end up doing something wrong. Chewing wire, getting hurt, destroying shoes and escaping are just a few examples of the problems you'll experience when you give your puppy excess freedom.
Every time you face these challenges, your training efforts are also going backward. Therefore, ensure you are with the pet all the time until it is well-trained. You can put it in a crate or within a fenced perimeter to prevent unpleasant experiences.
It's important to note that dogs pick commands differently, and while some respond fast, others are slow learners. The learning process is also faster when tasks relate to each other. Take drop and roll as an example. It is more effective to teach a dog to drop until it gets it right before teaching it to roll. When you introduce both concepts immediately, the pet will get lost somewhere.
Once you avoid these common errors, you'll be on your way to a successful training process. It is also crucial to work with a pet trainer through the pet training job. Experienced dog trainers will ensure your puppy learns all the best habits and guide you on the best steps to take during the training process. That way, you avoid mistakes that could affect the training process.
Contact a puppy training professional to learn more.