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10 BIGGEST MISTAKES TRAINERS MAKE
When new trainers first get started,
they tend to make a lot of mistakes in their techniques and how the
approach the training process. There are a few mistakes that are fairly
common among most trainers and we shall make these ten mistakes the
subject of this discourse.
Mistake number one is
expecting too much. The individual who makes this error is usually
well meaning and a true dog lover. The problem steps in when they
see all the tricks their neighbors dog can do, they watch the well
trained pets of their favorite sitcom characters and they go to the
park and see all of the pet owners there enjoying the company of
dogs that are obedient and well trained. It is at this point that
they tend to forget all the time, patience and money that has went
into these animals and achieving the successes they have become.
Mistake number two is also
quite common and falls to the other extreme. It is the mistake of
giving up. These owners are also well meaning and usually started
out as the group who expected too much. Unfortunately, they lack the
patience or commitment to achieve the result they want and decide to
take an all or nothing approach. These owners decide that their pet
canít learn to play Frisbee in an hour or so, this dog just isnít
going to learn at all.
Mistake number three is
not being consistent. If you tell the dog not to jump on you when
you are in your business suit and expect them to mind, donít let
them jump on you when you are wearing your jogging clothes either.
Consistent training is important if you want a well-trained dog.
Mistake number four is not
using enough positive reinforcement. Many a frustrated trainer has
gone home with poor results because they forget to reward the dog
for doing well. Rewards must be consistent, just like the training.
An animal that only receives correction and never rewards will begin
to do the wrong behavior just to get some type of attention.
Mistake number five is
similar to number four. It is giving too much negative
reinforcement. This is the owner that spends his day looking for the
dog to make a mistake so they can be corrected. This is a mistake
because when you are focused on finding the displeasing behaviors
you fail to recognize and reward all the good behaviors your dog
Mistake number six is also
quite simple to fall into. It is trying to teach a dog something it
was never meant to do. This problem is more common amongst
individuals wanting a sport animal for such things as hunting. They
try to make a general purpose multitasking animal and instead create
a confused and agitated creature. Some dogs just were not meant for
some jobs. You canít ask a Dachshund to be a fox hound and you
wouldnít ask a Great Dane to go into a rabbit den. Get the right
dog for the job at hand.
Mistake number seven is
not following thru. Dogs love to learn and will learn thru
repetition and consistent lessons. However, these lessons must be
followed thru with. If you spend an all day session training Fido
Monday and then donít even talk to him again for two weeks, he
will have most likely forgot the initial lesson.
Mistake number eight is
the use of too many different techniques. While it important to
glean wisdom from other trainers experiences, using everything you
hear can be detrimental. Each trainer has different ideas of how
things should be done and trying to incorporate all of them will
frustrate you and your pet. Rather choose a method that works for
you and be consistent and you will see much better results.
Mistake number nine is
apathy. All too often a pet owner says I hate this or that about my
pet but itís just too difficult to change it. Changes can be made
and, if your dog sees that they bring rewards, he will respond much
quicker to a direct and firm approach.
The final major mistake
people make is thinking the training is over. Training is a learning
process and it is never complete. Your dog may learn a behavior and
know it well. So why stop there? Your dog loves to learn and you are
a good trainer. Why would you ever want less than the best your dog
With knowledge of these mistakes, you
can recognize some of the common feelings might have encountered
yourself and you can stem these before they become a problem.
We wish you the best and also a
happy adventure in training your dog.
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