Teaching your dog new tricks is a great way to bond with your dog. It is also helps you understand each other and get the behaviour you desire from your pet. Teaching your dog new tricks can also provide entertainment,make friends and win prizes and fame.
It can also be very rewarding, satisfying and fun, helping you relax or have a good laugh every now and then.
To teach your dog a new trick you will need to be committed and focused, here are some tips to help you succeed.
Start Early, The Younger The Dog, The Better The Results
Everyone knows you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but many people wait too long to begin teaching their dogs. As soon as your dog has had a health check and settled in, teaching should begin.
Teaching your dog tricks will need patience and commitment from you. You should devote some time for it every day and make each teaching session short. Ideally, fifteen minutes or less. Don’t despair of your dog seems to be more interested in playing that the trick you are teaching. Be firm and focused. Learn to pay attention to your dog so you can sense tiredness, hunger or boredom.
Don’t push or punish when things aren’t going as fast as you thought they would. Be kind and patient, ensure teaching begins as early in your dog’s life as possible.
Start Easy, When Teaching Your Dog New Tricks, Begin From The Basics
Some folks want to teach their dogs to fetch, walk on hind legs and say good morning on the first day. Teaching dog’s new tricks doesn’t work that way. You begin from the easiest tricks and gradually work your way up.
There are many tricks your dog can learn. Some are simpler than others; begin with the easy ones.
To begin, you need a training plan and some treats. Your training plan will spell out what you want your dog to learn, what time the teaching nah session is scheduled for and the treats your dog will receive. Every time your dog does a trick successfully, you reward them with a treat. At first, you might reward the smallest attempts but with time you demand more from your pet. Ensure that you have treats your dog actually likes for the teaching session. Give treats generously when your dog learns a new trick
The first trick you might want to teach your dog is to come when their name is called. Usually, calling them by name repeatedly before feeds gets them to know the name is theirs and to respond when called.
Teaching your dogs new tricks should be a gradual process. Don’t proceed to more complex tricks until the easier ones have been mastered. It is nice to have a plan or scheduled where you lost the tricks you want your dog to learn and the approximate time those lessons might take. This will keep you focused on teaching. It will also help you assess the progress you are making. You can also note quickly the tricks your dog has a natural aptitude for and design more like that.
Keep Learning About Your Dog And How Best To Train Them
There are hundreds of different dog breeds, all with unique strengths and differences. To get the best out o teacher nah your dog tricks you need to know your dog. Research as much as you can about your breeds strengths. What was the dog bred to do? What are the tricks that come to them naturally? How long does it take for them to learn new tricks on the average?
You should also pay attention to your dog. What can they do? What do they like most? What treats get them excited?
Knowledge is power. The more you know about your dog the easier it will be to design an informed training plan. A training plan that embraces their strengths and personality, one that will work.
Enjoy The Process Of Teaching Your Dog New Tricks
Teaching your new dog tricks will take time, patience and lots of energy. You will need to keep at it even when the results aren’t as great as you hoped they would be. To stay on track with the plan you have to make the process fun for you as well.
Choose an environment for training that works for you and your dog. Make sure it is clean and safe. If you can make it a cosy, pretty and/or spacious, that will be helpful too.
Make sure you are well hydrated and not hungry, tired or irritated during training time. It helps to have rested before time. Have your favourite music playing to set the tone and boost your mood (not too loud though, so your pet doesn’t get irritated and so your commands can clearly be heard).
Dress comfortably, preferably in exercise wear that allows you to move, run and sweat.
Make the training time as enjoyable as possible for you and your dog. That way it won’t be a burden but a fun bonding learning experience that you both look forward to.
Teaching your dog new tricks is a rewarding experience that should help you and your dog bond and have a great time. It won’t happen without your committed investment of time, effort and treats. To optimise the experience start early and easy, gradually increasing the scope of tricks. Knowing your dog’s breed, it’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as your dog’s personality will help you know tricks your dog is naturally adapted to learn and most likely to excel at. The training process should be fun for you and your dog. Invest in a pleasant experience. Know that all dogs learn at their own pace. Some are faster or slower than others. Prepare, begin, commit and watch your dog excel. Commit to the process and you can enjoy a long happy time ahead with your smart,well-trained dog.