by Mackenzie Barry
Your dog is your best friend. You love having her around to cuddle, play, and pet. However, just because you love her doesn’t mean that she is perfect. Training your dog to follow commands and behave properly in your home and community will build upon your existing relationship and teach her to interact well with other humans and pets.
There are dozens of methods for training your dog, but often training programs don’t talk about the basic mistakes that people make while training their dog. Here’s the top three mistakes to avoid:
1. You Only Train in One Place: It’s important to train your dog in all the rooms of your home where you want them to perform that behavior. This means that if you are teaching your dog to sit, you should do it in multiple rooms in the house and outside instead of just one room. This teaches your dog that you want them to sit when you give that command, regardless of where you are in the house or outside.
2. Lack of Confidence In Yourself: Training a dog is hard work. It’s easy to get discouraged when training doesn’t seem to be going correctly. However, if you lose hope and give up, your dog will never get trained. It takes time and patience to train your dog, and many times this means that you won’t see results for a while. Practice and trust that you’re taking the right steps to train your dog.
3. Lacking Consistency: Consistency is the key to any successful dog-training session. If you aren’t consistent with your use of treats, clicks, commands, or anything in between, it’s not fair to your dog for you to get angry over their lack of understanding. Establish rules for yourself about how you want to train your dog and then use those rules each time you train. You can’t expect your dog to learn from mixed or inconsistent messages.
At Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary, we know how hard it can be to train your dog. However, with a little patience and a lot of practice, most dogs can be trained at home. For those with serious behavioral or emotional issues, consider investing in professional training. Often dogs that would otherwise be euthanized can learn new trick, so to speak. Our animals, even though they have disabilities, are just as easily trained as any other animal. Give us a call at 303.910.2425, and we will tell you all about our amazing animals.