Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make

6 Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make When Training Their Dogs

4. Punishing For Obeying Orders

This error might surprise a lot of people, but it is actually a common mistake.

As an example, let’s take a look at the “come” command.

Your dog is running around the dog park having the time of its’ life, and you call for it to come, put the leash on it, and leave the park straight away.

To a dog, this is the same as being called to the principal’s office for a 10-year-old kid. The dog will think it’s being punished, and it might result in the dog not coming when called for.

What You Should Do

Train your dog to come when called, give it a treat and a lot of praising when it returns. Try doing this inside your home in the beginning.

Don’t wait with the praise until it’s already right beside you, but start encouraging it when he’s only halfway, this will allow the dog to easier understand exactly what it is you want it to do. And it will also learn that a fun and rewarding thing is about to happen when being called to you.

What You Should‘nt Do

Don’t train the dog to return to you while outside, until it’s completely obedient while inside. The reason is that when you’re outside, you can’t really expect the dog to return the first few times you’re calling. It’s something that requires a lot of training, praising, and numerous treats before the dog will nail this every single time.

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