We all want our pets to be as well behaved as possible, however the training process and helping them to understand what good behaviours are can sometimes be tricky, especially if you are trying to train a young animal like a puppy. With that being said, this doesn’t just apply when your pet is young. Reinforcing positive behaviour is something you should always be mindful of, no matter what age your dog is. The process of training your dog to understand these things is often challenging, but should also be enjoyable for both them and you.
Engage them in short periods
The key to training your pet successfully, is to keep it short. That way, they will be far more engaged and therefore able to understand the positive behaviours better. These short training sessions and encouragement in good behaviour will become exciting to your dog, and therefore keep them more focused and able to follow instructions and understand when they do something right or wrong.
Of course, when encouraging positive behaviours in your pet, you need to reward them to let them know that they have done something correctly or are behaving in the right manor. Generally, when people train their dogs, they will use treats as rewards as it helps the dog to understand what they need to do in order to be rewarded. On the other hand, not giving them a reward such as a treat or verbal praise when they do not behave in the correct way will also help them to understand how they should behave in the correct way. Rewards are the best motivator to get your dog to act in the way you would like them to. Furthermore, this tends to make dogs more confident when they know they are being rewarded for good behaviour.
Ensure that everyone is involved
If there are other family members living with you and your pet, they must encourage positive behaviour in the same way that you do. This needs to be consistent throughout your household and the whole family must be making the same efforts and training these behaviours in the same way so that this doesn’t become confusing for your dog. Consistency is key, and this will allow your dog to learn faster and more easily.
Discouraging negative behaviour
Encouraging positive behaviour in your pet doesn’t just mean teaching them to do good things, but it also means teaching them not to do bad things. This could include all kinds of stuff, such as jumping up, chewing furniture, barking too much, or even climbing onto the couch. It is important to go about discouraging these behaviours in the right way so as not to make your dog feel timid or scared for doing something wrong. A good way of teaching them not to do something, is by allowing them to learn the command word ‘no’. If you repeatedly say this each time your dog does something they are not supposed to, without raising your voice, your dog will begin to learn that this behaviour is not allowed.