One thing is for certain. We all love our dogs, and we truly want the best for them. However, even mistakes come from the most-loving places. We are here to educate, and maybe help you not make the same mistakes as some of the Pet Parents before you.
1. Poor Timing
Most problems that dog owners face almost always coincide with poor timing. That is, the timing of rewards as well as corrections. You see, unless taught otherwise, most Pet Parents correct or reward their dog too early or too late.
For example, if you tell your dog to sit, the reward needs to come the instant your pup’s booty hits the ground. Whether it is a verbal or a physical reward is up to you, but it needs to be there no matter what.
In the same vein, if you’re correcting your dog for something like jumping up on you. The correction needs to come the second your dog starts to jump. By the time he/she lands on you, the correction isn’t as effective, though still necessary.
2. incorrect tone
Your tone is another deciding factor for quality training.
In fact, it’s not WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it. You can teach your dog to listen to any word as long as the tone is appropriate.
For example, if you tell your dog to “sit” the tone should be excited and uplifting. Likewise, if you tell your dog to “down” your tone should be firm and demanding.
Lastly, if you tell your dog “No!” your tone should also be firm, but not loud and emotional. On the other hand, if you praise your dog with “Yes!”, your tone should be exciting and uplifting.
3. Failing to seek help
The most common problem we see with Pet owners is failing to seek help when they need it. Especially for Pet Parents that might have had dogs before.
What most fail to understand is that professional help can be incredibly valuable for even the most experienced dog owner. Every dog is different and requires different techniques to achieve success. Sometimes you can reach that on your own, but it’s almost always better to find a professional dog trainer to ensure that for you.
Partners Dog Training School in Cave Creek, Arizona is a great option that has helped over 35,000 dogs achieve a delightful relationship with their Pet Parents. However, no matter who you choose, you are sure to increase you and your pup’s happiness with it.
That said, working on your timing and tone will make every reward or correction more effective, and your dog will be better off because of it.