Dog Training Tips for the Difficult Dog

Training your dog can be a bit difficult at times. It mostly depends on what you are trying to teach your dog, and your dog’s personality. There is so much information available about dog training that it can often be too much information and results in nothing but confusion, for both you and your dog.

One standard tips is not to use negative reinforcement. If you yell and get frustrated, your dog is going to think that he/she is upsetting you and it will become more difficult to get him/her to learn the commands. Positive reinforcement is more effective because your dog desires nothing more than to make you happy. By praising him/her when they have done something right, you are showing your dog that you are happy by this action.

Think about the old saying “patience is a virtue.” This can be applied here. You need to have patience with your dog. It is going to take time to get them to learn what the commands mean. You can’t just start calling out stuff and expect your dog to automatically understand and obey. For all you know, the only thing your dog is hearing is ‘blah, blah, blah, blah, Rex.”

You also have to keep in mind that for every two steps forward, it is likely that your dog will take one step back. It is important not to give up. Keep reinforcing good behavior. Show your dog that mistakes are okay and you are not angry.

It is also important for you to know that you should be building your bond with your dog while you are trying to train him/her. Developing a good relationship with your dog builds trust. If your dog trusts you, they are more likely to learn better.

Make sure that you are communicating clearly with your dog. Enunciate your commands clearly. Speak as though you are talking to a small child. Do not use “baby talk” to chat with your dog because this is confusing for him/her, especially if they cannot understand the words that are coming out of your mouth.

Finally, make sure that you are paying attention to the tone of your voice when you are speaking commands. Again, there is no need to shout. Speak firmly, but not with anger and frustration. Your fog can pick up on your emotions from your voice. If you are getting frustrated, it may be easy to take a break. Also, do not try to master each command in one day. It just won’t happen. Instead, you should work on one command at a time, without moving to another until one is mastered. Then you simply have to “remind” your dog of the previously learned command.