What Not to Do When Training Your Dog

Training your dog is the first step in the right direction for long-lasting good behavior. However, it could also be the most difficult. Are you training your dog in the best way possible? You may think certain mishaps may be insignificant, but you’ll be surprised to know that those aspects can hinder your dog’s progress. It is important to be aware of mistakes to avoid for proper and positive training. 

You Are Inconsistent 

Consistency is essential to avoid confusion. If you are inconsistent with commands or responses, you may accidentally reinforce undesired behaviors. If you train your dog not to get on the bed, make sure to follow through. Allowing exceptions and later reprimanding your pup will confuse your dog and make it difficult to discipline. 

Another example would be rewarding your dog for half efforts. Make sure to reward them when they have performed a command completely. For example, if you are training your dog to sit, make sure they are fully sitting before giving them a treat. This ensures that your pet truly understands the command. 

You Are Impatient

Dog training can take time, so try not to rush it. Impatience can make matters worse for your dog because they will likely become stressed or frustrated. If your dog is struggling to learn something, consider the following aspects: time and difficulty. Has training gone for too long? Training should be short sessions to avoid burnout or disinterest in your pup. Also, always end on a positive note. Is the command you are trying to teach too difficult? If your dog does not understand after a couple of tries, try breaking the command down into parts. All in all, if you or your pup are growing impatient during training, it is best to end on a positive note and try again next time! 

You Are “Poisoning” Your Commands

Using a command for something unpleasant to your pup may build resistance and hesitation. Let’s say you are training your dog “come” so they can come to you on command. But, you use that command to do something unpleasant such as bath time or discipline them when in trouble. This would build distrust in your pup, leading to undesirable behavior. If you have to do something your dog will not like, simply get them instead of calling them. This will prevent command poisoning and continue on to better progress. 

Contact Argos Dog Training 

Dog training can be difficult, but you do not have to go through the process alone! As the expert dog trainer in the Boston area, Argos Dog Training can help you with all of your training needs. Give us a call to learn more about our group training programs or one-on-one sessions! We’ll be happy to set up a consultation to determine which program would be best for your new furry friend.