How precise are you with your training?

Are you precise enough in your training? When training a command with your dog or puppy, it is especially important that the dog performs the command correctly before receiving a reward. You should train for the situation and not in the situation, to avoid unwanted behavioral patterns.

Avoid signal confusion

You may not think about it, but when training with a puppy or dog, it is important to perform the command precisely every time. For example, if you’re training your dog to walk nicely and the goal is for the dog to walk right next to your left leg, if you have a tendency to reward the dog even when it does not perform the command correctly every time, it will quickly establish that walking nicely can be here and there – and everywhere. This was probably not the intention when you started the exercise, but the dog never establishes the exercise correctly, which means that the dog cannot distinguish what is right and wrong.

The dog should NEVER be in doubt about which exercise you are training. It creates confusion for the dog and frustration for the owner.

Start by training the exercise without stimuli and train the EXACT same thing every time. When the exercise is established, you can begin to add other nuances, but not before you feel that it will succeed for both of you. You will see how quickly a puppy or dog can communicate with you as a dog owner. Training will become like a game because you are not giving your dog signal confusion.

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Always train for the situation, not in the situation.

If something is not working in your training, you should train when you have time and energy to perform the desired action from the dog. This way, you can avoid signal confusion. Think about it the next time you have guests, watch TV, go for a walk, go to a cafe, or just need to leave the house. Everything you demand from your dog must be established before your dog can understand you.

Imagine your dog not listening in a given situation. For example, you are watching TV, but your dog wants to play and jumps around like a gazelle on the sofa. You give a command, and the dog still does not listen because you are not present, as there is an exciting movie on TV. You continue to say “down, sit, stay.” Never give a command that your dog cannot complete, as this will lead to more challenges in the long run. Everything you try to correct in the situation without success, the dog will carry with them, and these behavior patterns will unfortunately repeat.

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