Dogs are very intelligent animals. They can feel human emotions and know how to follow any instructions. Many people who have dogs hope that their dogs can understand their instructions, but they don't know how to train. Here are some tips that I believe will be useful to all dog owners.
TIPS 1 - Pick the right time
When training a dog, it should be started when the dog is full of energy after waking up. No one likes being woken up suddenly and then asked to do weird behaviors again! If you choose the wrong time, it will turn your dog off. In addition, pay attention to the training time of the dog should not be too long, generally should not exceed 15 minutes. For puppies, 3-5 minutes is the limit, otherwise, the dog may become impatient. Tips: The best time to train is when the dog wakes up and eats something.
TIPS 2 - Sturdy memory with rewards
Although dogs cannot understand human words, the language, expressions, and movements of the dog owner can be remembered in the dog's heart. Therefore, after repeated training, the dog will follow the instructions. If the dog obeys the instructions, he should make a reward immediately and choose some appropriate prizes, such as snacks. In this way, the dog not only knows that it is good for him to do this but also knows that it is what the owner requires.
TIPS 3 - Rewards within 5 seconds
The momentary memory of a dog is very short, so when we train a dog, after giving instructions, we should let the dog complete the corresponding action within 5 seconds. When it completes the action, we should also within 5 seconds. Give rewards within snacks. In this way, the dog can associate the instruction with the action. If the interval is too long, it will be difficult for the dog to link the instructions, actions, and rewards. This will not form a conditioned reflex, and at the same time, it will easily make it unable to produce accurate memories. Small Tips: A lot of dog training is actually a kind of reflex action, so you must seize the opportunity to make rewards to deepen the dog's memory.
TIPS 4 - Unified method
To train a dog, there must be a consistent set of gestures and language, so that the dog will not be confused or misunderstood. For example, if you want to train your dog to sit down, you can bark the dog in front of you, and then give the command to "sit down" and press its buttocks with your hands to let it sit down. When it sits down, it immediately strokes its head or gives a snack as a reward. So it will quickly understand that as long as it hears the instruction and sits down, there will be something to eat, and it will naturally obey the order. Small Tips: Use short passwords and have a quick or slow tone; it is best to bring some gestures to deepen the dog’s impression.
TIPS 5 - Affirmative tone
When complimenting praise, you must speak clearly and not be vague. When the dog is doing the right thing, use the tone of praise and encouragement; when doing the wrong thing, you must use a decisive and unpleasant tone to tell the dog that it did the wrong thing, or suddenly ignore it, let it know what it is doing wrong. The expressions of these movements can be slightly exaggerated, which helps the dog to remember. Tips: Even if the dog has not done a good job in certain training, but has not done anything wrong, you should speak to it in a positive and encouraging tone, touch its head, and make it like to follow your instruction.
The most important thing in training a dog is the patient teaching of the owner. Because every dog has its own personality, only the owner knows it best. With time and patience, dogs will naturally learn more. Remember "there is no dog who can't teach, there are only masters who can't teach." As a master, you should remember that training is prioritized. Giving too many new instructions at a time will make the dog feel confused. Teach one, and teach the next when you understand, and often review old instructions. Then the dog will quickly understand your instructions and listen to your words.