Many times we try to train our puppies but it doesn’t work out as we expected and we get frustrated in the attempt. If you want to teach good habits or tricks to your hairy man, in this note we will tell you about what you DO NOT HAVE to do when training, so you can avoid these mistakes and achieve the goal you want with your gift.
Negative reinforcement and punishment
Trying to teach our pets something can sometimes take time and may often limit our patients in the process. That’s when we start with the challenges and punishments of doing something that you may not like or understand what we’re asking you to do. There are also those who believe that the best way for them to learn is by challenging them, shouting at them, punishing them and even using violence. This is totally wrong and not at all advisable, since with this type of treatment they learn from fear, away from those who try to teach them and form aggressive dogs or dogs with personality disorders, which results in the opposite result to the one we are looking for.
The best way to train our gifts is with positive reinforcement, that is, rewarding them when they are able to do what they are asked to do. For example, you can give her snacks, toys or even just a good dose of love and pampering. This motivates them to learn, makes it faster and strengthens the bond with the trainer.
Poor clarity of instructions
You must always be very clear about what you are asking for, for example, you must always use the same word for the purpose you are looking for. If you want him to sit down, you should always use sit, because if you use different words each time, he will probably get confused and not know what you are asking him. Use short words because they understand them better and use a different one for each order.
You must also be clear and consistent in the limits you set for it. For example, if you don’t want him to go to bed, don’t let him go sometimes yes and sometimes no, as this will confuse him and make it hard for him to understand. The rules of the home, such as not to get on the couches or tables, must be clear to the whole family so that the puppy does not get confused and learns faster, everyone must be in tune with the breeding of the dog so that it does not cost too much to follow the rules. it is a team effort, not to forget it!
Many times we get excited and do the training sessions very long, or we think a couple of orders is enough for you to learn. The idea is to do them for 5 to 10 minutes at the most as they get tired and lose their concentration after a long time. You can repeat the sessions about 3 to 4 times a day, but not more than 10 minutes per session. With this, we will keep their attention and focus on us and their prizes if they get tired they lose interest and the next session will not be as interesting for them.
If we are starting to train our puppies, it is very important to start in a place where they cannot be distracted, especially if you have a puppy, because they are distracted too easily. As you move forward in your teachings, we can and should begin to include small distractions and vary the places so that you know that you must obey them no matter what happens and wherever you are. This is a slow process so patience and constancy are of vital importance.
It is common to start with training as a racehorse, but after a while, we lose interest, leave it for later and prioritize other activities. This makes the puppy forget his learning and can begin to replace the behavior we had taught with behaviors we really don’t want.
It is important then to be constant, when we want to teach something new we should try to do it every day at first, and then we can slowly dilate it, at least once a week, as long as you have learned well what we teach you.