Dogs are disciplined. The problem often is that we are not. How to train yourself to train a better pup.
This article is not about training your dog. This article is about training you. Whether you’re an experienced dog owner with twenty pups raised under your belt or a new dog owner fresh out of the animal rescue or shelter, this article will give you tips and tricks to have a discipline dog, no matter how you decide to train her.
Dogs are just like babies.
If you discipline a baby for throwing food at you, then play with the baby’s food and allow her to throw it at you in a different context, what message are you sending. We often have the same problem when we discipline or train our pooches. We’d like to think we are very consistent, but dogs are smart, and know how to trick us.
Whether your pup uses the puppy eyes or is wildly persistent, it’s easy to fall into the trap of inconsistency. Just like you tell yourself that the dog gets no table scraps, you find yourself giving her just a nibble of pizza crust while cuddling on the couch. This messaging signals to the pup that you are changing the rules, with the rules no longer existing.
Avoiding the traps.
It’s easy to fall into dog’s manipulations. They will bother you and bother you to go out, be fed, play, and more. And as soon as you put them in control, you’re no longer the boss. And if you want to take back control, it becomes ten times harder. Instead of falling into the normal traps that dogs lay, be consistent.
Set an alarm if you have to. Put on headphones or earplugs. Look away. It’s critical to train yourself to be as consistent as humanly possible when training or disciplining your dog, so that she doesn’t receive the wrong messages, and so she understands why something is happening. Can you imagine what it would be like if you’re supervisor came in and treated you great some days, poorly other days, and was downright mean sometimes? You’d be a wreck because you wouldn’t have the correct expectations. Knowing what to expect is the key when training dogs; that’s all they want to know. So discipline yourself this year, and reap the rewards of a well-behaved pup.
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