Your dog can be only learn what you teach him. It’s that simple and yet so difficult. Your preparation, your knowledge and your mood influence whether your dog learns well and, above all, likes to learn. Here are 5 tips that will make it easier for your dog to learn.
You have to know what you want
Prepare the lesson well by visualizing what the goal is and how you want to get there. Do not say “I want to continue working on the leash today”, but define as accurately as possible, what the result and the way should look like: “I want Sammy today goes to the loosely hanging leash to the baker and back next to me. We can do that by … “
Make it short
Motivation is necessary for learning to be successful. But especially when something is going very well, we are quickly over-motivated. And then we tend to overdo it: again and again, we ask the exercise – and do not realize that the dog has long-lost the joy of work. Keep your practice sessions short. Many short successful units are better than one that takes too long and is frustrated.
Cancel in case of frustration
Are you in a good mood, are you looking forward to the lesson and do you have the time? Fine! But if you are under stress yourself, that is a very bad condition. Then let the training session today rather fail. Even if you notice in the course of the exercise that you are tense, for instance, because something is not working, you are under pressure to succeed in front of others, and the famous “demonstration effect” destroys everything, you are better off. Take a short break to be calm and relaxed, and then continue. If that does not work, let it all be for this time. The next day it can be then go on motivated.
Pay attention to your dog’s abilities
Dog like to learn because they are curious and love the interaction with us, humans. However, to successfully learn new things, you must adapt the training session to the physical and mental abilities of your pet:
Your dog must be well-behaved: For example, if your dog has an ear infection, then he may of course move and play, but you should not ask him for any difficult exercises.
The cycle of a female dog, for example, can influence her concentration and willingness to cooperate. Age, physique, and physique need to match the requirements. You should not forget the race-related characteristics as well: Mess z. For example, the hunting method of a beagle do not match that of a greyhound: one searches the ground with his nose, the other the horizon with his eyes.
Ensure a customized learning environment
When learning a new task, it is first of all about developing the basis in a low-stimulus environment. Take as an example the command “Down!.” If this is a new task for the dog, then practice first in an environment that makes it easy for the dog to concentrate. This is especially good in your own home or in the garden. Minimize unnecessary distractions here: Make sure that there is not a coming and going in the hallway or in the garden next door just the neighbor’s dog barking.
Only then is it necessary to consolidate what has been learned even under distractions. However, these should only be increased slowly. Let’s return to the exercise “Down!.” If the dog remains reliably at home, then a distraction is added: on a walk, for example, when another dog is visible in the distance. However, sending a raging pack of dogs around the lying dog would be too big a step. Does the distractions with feeling and depending on how many stimuli your dog tolerates? Slowly the learned is consolidated in everyday life. And only if it is permanently available here, you have made it: The learning was a complete success!
You are a good teacher, if …
- You have the task clearly in mind,
- You are well prepared and have e.g., a clicker, dummy and dog snacks,
- You’re happy with the thing,
- You motivate your dog and do not overdo it
- You adapt the learning environment
- You slowly increase distractions.