How To Train Your Dog Properly
Ideally, you should have your dog trained by a professional who actually knows what they are doing. It’s the same way you would go to a licensed provider of an Amsterdam City Pass. Things are just a lot more convenient that way. However, if you have to train your dog yourself, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind.
You can start with the fact that training a dog takes a lot of patience and dedication on your part. There will be a lot of times when your dog would just ignore your commands or completely misinterpret them. Even with professional training, it can take months to truly shape your dog’s personality to what you have been looking for. As such, expect to invest quite a bit of time into this endeavour if you want to succeed at it.
Establish A Routine
The first thing that you will need to do in order to train your dog is to establish a routine. Whatever you are trying to make them do or to teach them, it has to be something that you can do on a regular basis.
Once you have the structure down, you need to stick to it, only making minor adjustments here and there. Most importantly, you must never deviate, whether in terms of the time or the amount of activities that you do.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
When training dogs, it’s important to keep repeating the routine until your dog actually understands the training on a fundamental level. By doing the training again and again, it become ingrained in the minds of the dog.
As such, it becomes much easier for the dog to recall any commands or routine they may have been taught. It’s basically how you already know what to do in Amsterdam if you have been there enough times.
Be Firm, But Gentle
Finally, you need to be firm when you are training your dog, but also gentle. You give commands in an authoritative voice, but when you are making physical contact, your touch must also be kind and loving.
Keep in mind that when it comes to training dogs, being firm is not about what consequence you choose to use whenever your dog disregards your rules. It is about how you consistently apply the consequences. For instance, it does not matter what consequence choose if your dog refuses to sit on cue. It may be as mild as a time out in his crate or the bathroom. It could also be a squirt in the face with water or a swat on the bottom.
What matters is that you apply the same consequence every single time it happens no matter if you are inside the house, or in a New York hop on hop off bus, or in the dog park. Consistency is key even though there may be moments when you feel that you just do not have the time to be firm. Even when you are in a hurry, or late for work, or going in tours around HK, do not allow these to impede your efforts to be consistent with your pup.