How would you like to train your dog in a way to ensure your correcting and rewarding has paid off? Your relationship with your dog is unbroken and he’s happier than he’s ever been. This means there’s absolutely no yelling when you’re frustrated. No beating or roughing up your dog and leaving him without a clue on how to behave. In this article, I will go over how to discipline your dog and how having ground rules to train your dog will get them back on track.
Understanding how your dog learn
Before creating your own game plan on training your dog, you have to focus on who your teaching. So first off, understand how your dog learns, then you can move forward with a game plan to teach your dog all he needs to become a happy well behaved pup! Puppies lean on their instincts. For Example how newborn pups search for their mother’s milk in order to survive.
But the instinct can only guide them so far. So when faced with a choice, he will follow his instincts or experiences. As a puppy, your dog will not have any experiences so he will try everything until he gets it right. And if he does get it right, he will be sure to do it again the next time around.
The choices he has made previously, as well as the consequences of those choices, will determine if he will choose that option again. So this means the way you react to him will determine if he will do it again. I find this true because our dogs want to please us, their hoomans. So when he makes a choice that you like and reward him for it, he will associate that good consequence with his good choice.
Your dog will not always choose right. When he chooses wrong, there will be no reward and no praise from you. This way of training allows him to use his mind to figure out the right things to do that pleases you. You must build a bond to have a deep relationship through training with your dog. You will have to speak the language of consequences, love, and tenacity. This means you need to be ready to react to your dog’s choices whether good or bad. Doing this will get you off to a good start with setting your dog up to succeed. More praising and more rewarding!
Teaching your dog anything
In this section, I will list the four essential steps to teaching your dog anything! This is the backbone of new behaviors and strengthening these behaviors so he chooses the right choice every time! This is the best way to disciple your dogs because you’re teaching them right from wrong.
Step one- Manipulation
When introducing your dog to new behavior, it can get frustrating when your dog won’t listen to what you’re telling him and then it makes it even harder for you to apply positive training methods. The way you go about doing this is by using manipulation. This method works best in a quiet environment without disturbances like your living room or kitchen. The key is to never force your dog to do anything they don’t want to do. Just like humans, dogs must figure out the right thing to do. So present him with little treats when necessary.
Step two- Praise him as soon as he succeeds.
When he succeeds, there should be no doubt in his head that he made the right choice and that it made you proud! Whether it be a cookie or a game, show him that he did a good job. This will strengthen the link between a certain choice and a positive outcome in your pup’s mind. This is the end goal! Repeat step one and two to ensure your dog has it down pack.
Step three- Cue the action when he gets it right
Now that he’s consistent with his behavior, apply verbal cues. While doing this, remember to continue to praise and treat your dog when he succeeds. By adding the verbal cues, this will allow you to solely use those cues without the manipulation. But it’s important to add the cues after your dog has dominated the right behavior. This allows your command to be sacred so he there’s no doubt in his mind what you want when you use those cues.
Step four- Adding distractions into the mix
After your dog has mastered how to behave in certain situations and can do it on verbal commands, it’s time to add some distractions. Don’t rush this step, give your dog some time to master these first steps so that there’s no hesitation. Life alone with throw difficult situations your way and your dog doesn’t know how to differentiate what’s right to do in the kitchen from the living room or when someone else is present. So to your dog, adding a distraction will be a whole different scenario for him. Take things slow or else your dog will fail, learning nothing. This is a learning process
Discipline without roughing them up
Dog loves whoever’s bringing them food, so keep some treats in your pocket for training time. This will create a stronger bond oppose to giving it to them for free. Remember your pup loves to learn, so make it fun for him. Be patient if he doesn’t get it right the first time. Keep trying until he gets it right. Rethink how you should react to your dog and it will never sound like discipline.
Having the right mindset
Now you know how to react to both good and bad behavior. The most important thing s is to succeed in your mindset. This plays a major role in ensuring your dogs success in this training. Training is a lot like life. You have to keep your head on straight because life is going to throw a multitude of setbacks and successes your way.
You can’t control what position you will be in but you can control how you will react. The same thing goes for dog training. It’s vital to know that there will be setbacks but there will also be successes.
Never train in a bad mood
Lastly, be completely honest with yourself. If you’re not in a good mood and feeling upset, don’t attempt to train your dog, because you will transfer those negative emotions to him. So instead of training, just relax and enjoy your pups company. That might lighten your mood and make you feel better.
Summing it up
How to discipline your dog? Making your dog a well-behaved member of the family is quite the task, but it’s completely up to you. The key to success is to create a plan! Think before training, know how to respond but be conscious when doing so, and always remember, the better the trainer the better the pup!
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