The Complete Guide to Pet Care
We’re all aware that it’s the parent’s responsibility to teach their kids how to be good citizens as they grow older. Similarly, a dog owner is responsible for their pup’s transformation into a well-behaved canine citizen who obeys the commands of its owner(s), behaves appropriately towards humans as well as other animals and most importantly doesn’t get agitated easily which could lead your dog to bite others.
A disobedient dog that’s not well trained could prove to be extremely problematic and a hassle for the owner when ideally the dog should be a trustworthy companion its owner could rely upon to behave appropriately with astute situational awareness. Therefore, training your dog properly is of utmost importance.
There are numerous dog training methods which professional dog trainers use to encourage behavior that is deemed positive in dogs and dissuading them from indulging in behavior which is considered negative. Each training method has its pros and cons and the ideal training method for your dog depends primarily on your dog’s inherent personality, its surroundings and the amount of time you’re willing to invest.
It must be noted that you should stick to the training program you’ve selected and not give up easily if results aren’t as quick as you’d hoped. Frequently changing your approach might leave your dog terribly confused and disoriented as your dog wouldn’t know what is expected of it. There’s consensus amongst virtually all the dog trainers that repetition is the key to encourage your dog to respond positively to the program and with lots of love, attention and discipline both of you would definitely get through.
How to Completely Train Your Dog
Do you own a dog and want to train it? Are you reluctant to do it because you believe a professional dog trainer would charge you a fortune for his/her services? Don’t worry you don’t have to hire anyone as our team of professional animal experts who’ve mastered the craft of dog training in India as well as overseas are here to give you all the relevant information, you’d require in order to train your furry little canine friend completely.
Before we begin with the training method, you’d be required to do the following things: –
• Commit to the course for at-least 3-4 months.
• Don’t get frustrated and punish your dog violently if it’s having trouble with some commands.
• Set specific times for training, walks, feeding etc. for your dog and stick to them.
• Don’t feed your dog before you’ve eaten to assert your dominance.
• Don’t allow your dog to pull the leash during walks and make sure it doesn’t walk in front of you (your dog would think it’s the leader of the pack if its leading you).
Ideally your dog should walk alongside you.
If you do all these things then your dog would start to understand your authority and it’d be more likely to obey your commands. The things we mentioned above should become second nature for you as you’d have to do them with virtually every dog, irrespective of whether it’s a foreign breed or one of the dog breeds in India. Doing these things is essential because it’d let your dog know who’s the leader/alpha of the pack. There’s a very famous quote by world-renowned dog psychologist and trainer Cesar Milan which essentially says “for a dog its pack is its family and its family its pack”. It’d be better if you understand your dog’s perspective just a little bit so you could vicariously experience/imagine what it’d be like for a dog to be trained by humans.
Our team has expertise when it comes to dog breeds in India as they’re involved heavily in dog training in India for decades. So, without further ado let’s begin: -
1 . Find out what your dog likes most: -
Some dogs prefer toys while others go crazy after treats. Some dogs like a little bit of both while some like nothing more than spending quality time with their owner(s) or other members of the owner’s family (members of the pack from your dog’s perspective). It’s essential that find this out fairly quickly because the thing/activity your dog likes the most would be used as a reward for good behavior.
2 . Reward at just the right time: -
Once you find out what your dog likes (by like we mean anything that gets your dogs undivided attention) you have to use that to your advantage to encourage positive behavior while discouraging any negative tendencies your dog might have. It’s vital you reward your dog instantaneously when you ask your dog to do something and it does it satisfactorily well. By doing this your dog would associate the positive behavior with the reward it received for completing the desired action expected of it. It’s equally important that you don’t spoil your dog with treats even when it doesn’t do what’s expected of it, doing this would invalidate all your previous efforts.
3 . Word association: -
The next step is to train your dog to associate the desired behavior with a key word, so you aren’t required to carry a ton of treats whenever you’re around your dog. It’s essential that you always say the same word over and over again so its registered deep inside your dog’s mind and it could differentiate that particular keyword from some other random words.
4 . Example : -
Let’s assume you want to train your dog to sit when commanded to sit and you’ve figured out your dog loves treats. Here are the steps to do so: –
• Let your dog know you have its favorite treats to get your dog’s undivided attention.
• Keep on repeating “Sit!! followed by your dog’s name”. Initially, your dog would be perplexed and all its attention would be on the treat in your hand rather than on what you’re saying. As soon as your dog sits, give him the treat and shower him with love, and all the times he doesn’t, don’t reward him with treats and/or affection.
• Keep on repeating the above step until your dog starts to get the hang of it. It might take anywhere from a day to a fortnight depending on the effort you put in.
• Lastly remove treats from the equation and train your dog to sit on command without the lure of treats.
We hope you follow & fully commit to this training module and we wish you and your furry canine companion the best of luck in achieving all your objectives while forging an indestructible companionship with your dog.