In Dog Training, Frustration is a No-No
Picture yourself in a classroom– your professor is introducing a new lesson completely unrelated to the previous ones. You try so hard to be in sync with your professor but you still have a hard time understanding what is being discussed. What do you do? You ask questions, you raise a hand or decide to study on your own. Can dogs do that? No. What if your professor is going to nag you in front of everyone? How would that make you feel?
Learning, for humans and dogs, should be fun. There will be commands or tricks that dogs find easier or harder to learn. One of the most amazing things about dogs is that they will always try. Humans need to understand that dogs have a hard time too, the only difference is they can’t raise a hand, they can’t ask questions nor can they easily study on their own, with regards to what you want to teach them.
Dog Coach Francis shares his best practices when training dogs:
Limit your training session
Do time your sessions. Dogs get bored too. Keep the training to a minimum. Give the dogs something to look forward to in the next session. Nothing sounds better to them when they hear or sense, “Training time!” Nothing except perhaps, “Meal time!”
Take a break once in a while
Even dogs need to take a break. Let them rest and play with toys or with other dogs. This helps in making the training more fun and exciting for them. This will also be beneficial for you. When the training session gets the best of you, just give yourself and the dog some time to rest.
Keep in mind that the dog is trying hard to please you and learn whatever it is that you are trying to teach them. It’s hard enough that they do not speak our language, so you have to give it to them. A calm teacher is the best teacher anyone could have, at least for dogs.
There’s no room for frustration
If you insist that dog learns a command right there and then, that’s not going to be healthy for you and the dog. as you are stressing yourself out and getting more and more frustrated, the dog slowly shuts you down and might not listen to you anymore. Or, it can happen the other way, dogs do what you want them to do out of fear. That’s taking the fun out of training and out of pet parenting in general, when your dogs start to fear you.
Dog owners are often amazed when Dog Coach Francis shows and immeasurable amount of patience. This is what dog training is all about – patience. And a lot more patience.
Keep the learning environment fun
Make training fun. Never inject stress and anxiety to dogs during training sessions to make them want to learn more. Training should always be a positive experience for dogs. This means a lot of treats, play time and a lot of belly scratch for them.
Know that dogs have limits
There are things that dogs will always find difficult to do or perform. Accept that dogs have their limits so you can lower your expectations. Don’t push it. Instead of stressing yourself out and your dog over a command which is next to impossible, why don’t you highlight and develop your dog’s natural abilities? Which brings us to the last key point of this article –
Learn what your dog was bred for
Just as some humans prefer to study language over numbers, dogs also have their favorite activities too. There are dogs that are inclined to retrieving, others like water activities and some likes to stay at home and do tricks.
There are a lot of things that can stress us humans. The dogs are there to lift our moods up. Dog training should be easy and fun. Now it’s time to put these pointers into practice. Let us know how it goes. Happy training!