Have you ever wondered why your dog progresses very slow in his training scheme, or perhaps you are unable to follow through and see results on certain tricks you are teaching him? Well, here are some valuable tips you can ledge on when it comes to training your dog. It is not the perfect answer to everything in training, but these tips are something you can ledge on!
- Reward even the closest approximate behavior
Suppose you are trying to get your dog to say a prayer with his front legs on a chair. Upon giving the command, your dog looks clueless as to what you are saying and you try to guide him while bringing his paw up. Quickly reward him when his legs are up on the chair. But hold on! You must be thinking, “I am trying to teach him to say a prayer. What has it got to do with rewarding him when his paws go up the chair?” As you break up the components of training a trick, and reward the closest approximate behavior, you will realize that your dog will begin to be reinforced, and you can proceed on to the next step of the trick. While you teach him to bow his head, offer the food in a position where he has to bow his head to reach for the food. Reward him when he does so, and after repetitive reinforcements, he will begin to see that when he places his paw up and bows, he gets a delicious treat.
- Reward at irregular intervals
Ever been to a casino? Good if you have not! Have you wondered why people get addicted to gambling? It is because they are unable to predict the next card, or the next win. Due to unpredictable results, they begin to put their hope in winning the next round. If they know that the game is breached, that they will not win anything, obviously they will not even put their money in. If they were to know that they are going to win at every round the weakest opponent is at the table, once the opponent leaves, they will stop putting their money in. You must be thinking, what has gambling got to do with dog training? Well, here’s a tip for you, reward your dog at irregular intervals, so that he is not able to predict when he is going to get his treat. If you consistently reward him, and all of a sudden run out of treats, be sure to read this article again. Laughs.
- Body language plays a pivotal role
Going to an interview in proper formal attire not only gives the interviewer a good impression about you. It helps you to gain more confidence when you are properly attired. Similarly, sitting up straight with the right body posture, and giving proper hand gestures will show that you possess confidence. This is one of the reasons why we always encourage our students to wear proper shoes in our classes. Proper body language brings your training to a whole new level. It shows your dog who is the pack leader, and informs your dog that you are firm and serious about the commands being done. It leaves them with no other alternative choices.
- Use the leash for better control
This is possibly the answer to many dogs running all over the place when you are trying to teach him some tricks. Using the leash properly helps owners to have good control over his dog. It not only helps to restrain but also directs them into achieving the wanted behavior. Do not look down on what a simple leash can help you with. Sometimes the only thing that can save you falling off a cliff is a rope tied to you.
- Consistency is key
Disciplining a child requires all interacting parties to educate not only the right thing, but the same thing. If a member in your family teaches your dog that it is alright to go onto the carpet, and another family member teaches otherwise, thinking that your dog deserves the comfort he receives from the carpet, it will end up with a very confused dog. Inconsistency in training confuses the dog. On the other hand, consistency reinforces behavior. For obvious reasons, you will want to reinforce the right behavior at all times.
Do not give up if you do not see results! Contact us should you need an experience trainer to guide you in obedience training.