Dog Training: Most Common Mistakes

Posted by Dog citizen in 20/Sep/2014-

By Juliana Yuri, behavioral consultant and team Dressage Rider Dog citizen.

Using methods such as the Intelligent Training, which is based on positive reinforcement, it’s easy and fun to perform the training of dogs, cats and other pets. However, there are some errors and myths that can hinder any training, either teaching or training commands a puppy to obedience.


Let start the puppy training after six months: the Cubs learn fast, both good things, like the wrong ones. So, wait for the puppy complete six months or even a year to begin to educate is losing precious time. Upon arriving in the new House, with 45 or 60 days, he is able to learn. So, I begin to set limits–play without biting or jumping, for example – and teach basic commands such as “sit” and “stay”. The sooner you begin to learn, less wrong habits the puppy will have!

Start out with the dog just after the end of the vaccination: we know that there are several diseases which the Cubs are likely before the end of the vaccination, however, it is important to leave the pet to meet the outside world even before taking all the vaccines, so that it is well sociabilizado in the future. Get him on your lap, in a purse or even drive to see different things, and use snacks to associate with good things. Don’t put the puppy on the floor, but that eye contact is very important.

Use methods based on physical force or violence: the training of dogs have to be enjoyable for both the dog and the owner. If we use violence or force, plus we’re not teaching anything to the dog, we still encourage him to act with violence and hurt the confidence that the pet has on people, causing more behavior problems. Many people believe that large dogs have to learn with methods based on force and domination, and training with positive reinforcement (snacks, games, cuddling) serves only to small dogs. That’s not true. It is perfectly possible to training big dogs to be polite and obedient using rewards.

Talk to several times the command without first teaching properly the dog: when teaching a command to the dog, avoid say several times the name of the command (“sit! Senta, Toto! Toto, sits now! “), because it confuses the dog. Remember that the dog doesn’t understand our language. So use a treat to induce the dog in the desired position-sitting, lying, spinning, etc. – moving the snack near the snout of the pet. When he play behavior, reward. Just start saying the name of the command when the dog follow your hand and perform the command correctly.

Don’t participate in dressage lessons: many owners wonder if the dressage by a dog trainer is only going to meet him, or will meet the owner and his family. Of course, if the pet realize that only the trainer plays, reward and interacts with it, will prefer answering only to coach. However, if we all speak the same language, establish the same limits and use rewards, the dog will obey with pleasure to anyone! School is to teach good behavior, but is also fun with pet-do commands and receive rewards is a big joke to the dog – and this moment of interaction is very important to strengthen the connection of the pet with the family. In this way, the dog will certainly love being polite and obedient to all people!

Source: Pet Center Marginal.