Published at Thursday, 23 May 2019. Dog Training. By Wyatt Morel.
Short training sessions that are around fifteen – twenty minutes have been proven to be the most effective. Lengthy training sessions that go for hours will often make dogs frustrated and lose focus. Try to train your dog about two – three times every day. Remember to revise over previous and learned training once in a while so your dog does not forget. Do not get angry when training your dog if your dog doesn't get things right right away, it'll take practice and you must NEVER punish your dog, this will only have negative consequences for future training and may trigger behavioral problems. Reward your dog with praise or treats when it does the correct thing as this will encourage your dog to want to please you again next time you want your dog to do something.
There's another reason why reward training produces better results than aversive training. Consistency is essential when you're training a dog. If you're using corrections and punishment to discourage unwanted behavior, you'll need to consistently punish your dog each and every time he performs that behavior. Well, we're not robots, and it's impossible to be ready to do this every minute of the day. You'd need to never leave home and never take your eyes off your dog before you'd even have a chance of punishing him every time he makes a behavioral mistake. Make one slip-up and fail to punish your dog for a mistake, and he'll learn that sometimes he can get away with the misbehavior. That's probably not the lesson you want him to learn.
Communication Begins with Attention. Possibly the most fundamental form of communication is your attention. This is true whether you are teaching some new skill, practicing an old one, or refining an advanced behavior. When you give your attention to something your dog does – through touch, voice, eye contact, smiling, or laughter – you draw attention to the behavior. This tells your dog that you find the behavior worthy of interest. Dogs, being sociable creatures, find most interaction and attention reinforcing. They value it, and will work to get it – and this is not even considering whether or not the dog finds the behavior reinforcing in and of itself. So when training, keep in mind that you don't have to actively reward a behavior to reinforce it.
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