Dog training is a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your dog. By taking the time to train your dog, you will create a bond between you and your furry friend that will last a lifetime. 

There are many different methods of dog training, so it is important to find one that works best for you and your pup.

In this article, we have gathered information on everything you need to know about training your dog effectively without punishing them.

Explore everything from leash training to positive reinforcement techniques. 

What is Dog Training?

Dog training is how dogs learn to behave correctly and productively channel their instincts. It includes multiple processes by which the owner can teach their dog child to show desired behaviors and eliminate unwanted behavior. 

However, it can be very frustrating to devote the time and effort to training your dog, but at last, it is all worth it.

It should be done with consistency and discipline with the help of treats and rewards that encourage your dog to follow the commands.

Benefits of Training Your Dog

Dog training is a key to unlocking all the adventurous moments you and your dog will share for life! It’s like having a child and watching them grow while you remember the details about their behavior. 

So let’s dive into the benefits of dog training:

1. Reduces behavioral issues

Unwanted behaviors such as excessive barking, humping, biting, eating from trash cans, etc., are common in “the dog world.”

Your dog can be trained to listen to commands and obey you by not repeating unwanted behaviors to promote positive habits.

2. Improves bonding

Training your dog and spending time with them so closely will create a close bond between the both of you. Hence, dog training further helps you to understand each other and communicate better. 

3. Disciplined dog

Have you seen those buffed-up dogs full of energy, look clean, are never found in trash cans, and are alert when they smell a thief? They are trained to do so.

Their owners control and train them to even be disciplined without a leash. These dogs are healthy, fit, and follow “the appropriate behaviors rule book.” (and you are the author of that book!)

4. Active and happy nature

Training your dog will keep them fit internally, making their lifestyle harmonious for them and your family. It makes them active all day to exercise, play, rest, and be happy.

Besides, 30 minutes of daily exercising is recommended for a dog to function properly. It takes them mentally and physically stimulated.

5. Boosts confidence

Once your dog is trained, they will gain the trust and confidence to face any situation. They will be fearless, essential for survival and to feel safe without their owner. 

Also, as dogs are known for their loyalty, they will do their best to protect you and your house from threats.

Types of Training

1. Basic obedience dog training

As its name suggests, this has basic rules and commands to be taught to the dog to encourage them to show desired behavior. Basic obedience dog training includes teaching your dog basic commands like- sit, go, stop, come, down, etc. 

You can train your dog with this technique as they look at you and follow up your exaggerated body gestures or even Clicker techniques

2. Leash training

Another way to train your dog is leash training. As dogs love to roam around free on their own, this requires patience and commitment from the parent. 

In this case, you can start walking, command “come,” and wait for your dog to follow up. If your dog follows you, give them a treat; however, if they don’t, start over again. 

DO NOT PULL HARD ON THE LEASH. Pulling scares your dog, and they might get stubborn not to follow the commands.

Here is the brief:

walk- command- wait 

if they follow- a treat; if they don’t, start over.

3. Training for specific tasks

We love dogs for their versatility. When you can go to work, so can your dog! Meaning you can train your dog for specific tasks, such as guiding dogs, police dogs, therapy dogs, etc. 

Dogs can show kindness to hoomans by helping them with their love and services. For such training, patience, consistency, and discipline are required, along with rigorous exercises and activities.

4. Socialization

Even if you don’t like to socialize, your dog would need to. Dogs love to be around people, being all chatty and full of energy. Meeting new people will make them comfortable in social situations and help to deal with anxiety.

However, forcing your dog to meet people is not a good idea. Consult a veterinarian or an expert if your dog feels anxious in crowded places.

5. Behavior training

When it comes to behavior training, starting it at an early stage is like bliss. As a study suggests, trained puppies show better behavior in the future than those who are not trained (study).

Your dog’s behavior can improve with positive reinforcement or basic obedience techniques.

It will be challenging to deal with uncivilized behavior in dogs. Hence, behavior modification is required in dogs.

6. Dog walking

Unsurprisingly, dog walking incorporates all the necessary aspects of training your dog or puppy.

Be it leash, obedience, behavioral training, or even socialization! Whether you’re inexperienced or a seasoned pro, when you walk your dog, they interact with elements in their surroundings, including people, other dogs, animals, etc.

Additionally, dog walking allows dog owners to bond with their dogs, besides providing physical and mental stimulation to the pooch. Vets recommend that 30 minutes a day of daily walking or exercise is mandatory for a healthy dog.

7. Agility training and fun activities

And finally, saving the dessert for the last! 

Agility training is a bunch of fun activities that stimulate your dog physically and mentally. This is not only fun for your dog to spend their evenings but also for you to watch and hype them.

Activities like jumping over the boxes, hunting for treasures, going through the tunnels, or even swimming are included in agility training. 

However, pushing your pooch suddenly into so many activities would be hard on them, so starting at your dog’s pace will encourage your dog.

Tips for Dogs Training

1. Positive reinforcement techniques

Whenever your dog does something desired or positive, please give them a treat. It can be a piece of their favorite cookie or even delicious melon chunks (seedless). 

This will encourage your dog to repeat positive habits to collect as many treats from you!

2. Consistency

Scheduling activities and training hours simultaneously daily will ensure that you and your dog follow a disciplined schedule. 

Similarly, being consistent with commands is essential; if you keep changing them, it will be hard for your dog to remember and follow instructions. 

Consistency is the key to an effective training program that would keep your dog fit and healthy.

3. Keep it short and fun

Instead of stretching it for long hours, you can divide the training into smaller slots so your dog has enough time to breathe, relax, and get back to the hustle!

If you have a smaller dog, training them for 1 hour straight can be tiring for your puppy and will discourage them from returning the next day. Hence, ensuring that sessions are short yet fun is essential to motivate your dog.

4. Don’t punish

This is where a lot of people stumble. Due to frustration, dog parents can punish dogs for showing unwanted behavior. However, punishing your dog will never give you positive results. 

Punishing dogs can impact their mental well-being, leading to more behavioral problems in the future. 

Instead of punishing, you can use exaggerated body gestures, verbal and non-verbal ways to deal effectively with your pooch.

5. Reward your dog

Your furry friend loves treats! Instead of letting them laze around snacking all day, you can give them bits of their favorite treats to keep them motivated. 

For example, when you open a packet of chips, and your dog does not snatch it from you, you can pat them and give them a piece. 

This way, your dog will understand that they will get a treat if they act civilized.

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