These Common Training Mistakes Can Cause Your Dog to Disengage
You have taken training courses, read books and even watched videos. Yet your dog still seems to hate training with you. This is usually around the time a pet owner tells their dog trainer that their puppy is stubborn and therefore cannot be trained.. However, in such situations, an owner often accidentally sabotages workouts.
AKC GoodDog! Helpline Program Manager , Penny Leigh, CPDT-KA, reveals some of the most common mistakes we make that can lead to a dog being disengaged.
"Owners should always approach training with a positive attitude and avoid saying 'no to the dog or making negative sounds like' ehhh, etc. Leigh says. While the idea of a "negative marker has been around for decades and was originally used by positive reinforcement coaches, research has shown that a negative marker actually hinders the 'learning.
"Dogs need to feel confident to learn new skills," Leigh explains. "If they're constantly told they're wrong, they don't want to try again. Enter this that many dog owners dwrite like the dog "stubborn." He is a canine companion who seems to ignore his master - doing anything except as directed.
"Often described as 'blowing them up ', in reality the dog doesn't want to try because he doesn't want to be wrong, Leigh shares. "It's easier to sniff, scratch, yawn and act like he can't hear the owner." I often tell my students to imagine when they were in school. If you had a teacher who always told you you were wrong, you wouldn't raise your hand to try and answer a question. Instead, you should ignore your dog's mistakes and allow him to try again. Dogs that aren't punished for trying are more likely to exhibit behaviors.
It is often in our nature to report the bad and ignoring the good. We must do the exact opposite when training our dogs. "Be generous with your rewards , and you will have a dog that loves working with you " Leigh says.
Our body language can really impact how a dog responds to training - dogs are much better at reading us than we are at reading them. "Some dogs are more sensitive than they are. otheres to the owners' body language, continues Leigh. "Be sure not to hover over the dog or get too far into his space when working with him. "
This is especially important for a shy or nervous dog who may be stop if he feels you are getting too close. Leigh adds that you have to be careful with the way you stand during training. "Transmit positive body language and keep moving, to keep the dog engaged. "
"Dogs are extremely receptive to feelings of their humans, and so they'll be stressed out if you are, which isn't a positive experience for either of you, explains Leigh. "Better to skip training and wait until you're rested and in a good mood to pull the get the most out of your dog. Remember that training should always be fun for you and your dog!
If you are feeling frustrated, take abreak to do something different, like take a walk around the block. You'll come back recharged and ready to go.