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3 Dog Training Mistakes

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Have you ever overhead a fellow pet owner lamenting the fact that their pet just isn’t responding well to dog training? It’s a common complaint. But how much of these all-too-common laments are the fault of the pet—and how much are the fault of the owner? Although training a dog to do basic, necessary commands is a relatively simple process, there are many dog training mistakes that can get in the way of the dog’s learning process. Let’s take a look at the top three dog training mistakes and how they can impact the way that your dog learns—or doesn’t learn—your commands.

Mistake #1: Not training your pet often.

3_dog_training_mistakesMany dog owners find it tempting to teach their dogs a few tricks—such as sit, stay and lay down—and then give up the training process all together. Unfortunately, this common practice is a training mistake that can lead to a dog forgetting or becoming lazy with their commands—even if they used to be a pro at them. Think about it: If you took 4 years of a language in high school but stopped using it for 2 years, would you be likely to remember everything you did at the peak of your senior year? Of course not. To combat this process, you should continue to train your dog even after they have learned tricks. Practice “sit” during dinner, “stay” when you are out on walks, and so on. It will also benefit your dog to learn something new each month, such as a trick or more advanced command. This will help keep your dog’s mind sharp and their ability to learn more focused.

Mistake #2: Repeating commands.

Repeating commands is a mistake that is all too easy mistake, especially with independent and stubborn breeds. This mistake usually manifests itself like this: An owner gives a command. The dog does not respond. The owner gives the command again—and again—and again, until the dog finally, and usually halfheartedly, obeys the command. But the owner praises this late response is inadvertently praising a lazy, late response. The dog will then accept this repeated command, halfhearted response as the acceptable behavior. This is obviously not what a pet owner wants. To avoid this, remember to never praise your dog unless they respond to the command immediately. If you are having trouble getting your pet to respond right away, try treating the initial training like a fun game—involve lots of treats, affection and other positive praise.

Mistake #3:Keeping training sessions too long—or too short.

Dogs, like people, learn differently. Some dogs may take more training sessions to learn than others, while some might pick up a new trick or behavior in just one or two sessions. If you keep a training session going on too long, your dog is likely to become disinterested in the behavior. If you don’t keep it going long enough, your dog may not benefit enough from the training. The trick is to figure out what is best for your dog’s learning process.

Easiest Dog Breeds to Train

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

All dogs, with persistence, can be trained. This does not, however, mean that all dogs are equal when it comes to how easy is it to train them or even what types of training or skills they excel at. Some dogs, because of their breeding history, are easier for pet owners and other trainers to actually train. These dogs range in characteristics like size, intelligence and even history—it may be tempting to think that only exceptionally intelligent breeds, like golden retrievers, are considered the easiest to be trained. But this is not so: the intelligence of a dog may make it smarter, but it may also make it more stubborn. And as any pet owner who has tried to train a stubborn dog can attest, a stubborn dog is difficult to train! Let’s take a closer look at the easiest dog breeds to train.

Australian Cattle Dog

Easiest_Dog_Breeds_to_TrainThe Australian Cattle dog has a long history of herding–they’ve been successfully herding cattle, hence their name, since the 19th century. Today, Australian Cattle dogs are popular choices both for as herding farm dogs and pet dogs; their intelligence makes them a prime target for advanced training that keeps their minds and bodies alert and stimulated.

Rottweiler

The Rottweiler has a long history as a skill-trained dog; they were often used to carry wood and other heavy items through marketplaces and from house-to-house because of their strength. Rottweiler’s are intelligent and are often used as police and law enforcement dogs because of their ability to be trained as a guard and attack dog; pet owners should take care to work with a professional when training a dog to guard and attack.

Papillon

The Papillion is a small, elegant-looking breed especially prized for their appearance and their intelligence. The breed was often kept by royalty and aristocracy because of its appearance and because the breed responds easily to consistent training.

Labrador retriever

When most people think of intelligent dogs, their mind goes right to the Labrador retriever. In the past, the breed was used primarily as a hunting dog. Today, the dogs are used in a variety of advanced skill related positions, such as law enforcement dogs, drug sniffing dogs, bomb sniffing dogs, search and rescue dogs–and even assistance dogs for people with disabilities. This breed is prized for its intelligence, quick learning abilities, and its tendency towards obedience.

German shepherd

The German shepherd, despite its tough appearance, is considered to be one of the most affectionate breeds of dogs! These dogs are also easy to train because of their intelligence and their ability to learn new and advanced skills fairly quickly. They are often used in law enforcement roles, such as search and rescue and police enforcement; some countries even use German Shepherds in the military.

Poodle

This may come as a surprise, but this dog associated with frills and frou-frou is a particularly intelligent breed that is easy to train. Although they were originally used as hunting dogs, pet owners today typically train them to perform tricks and other feats in dog shows.

Hardest Dog breeds to Train

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Every dog, with some persistence, can be trained by their owner. But every dog is not created equally when it comes to how easy they are to train–this doesn’t mean that the dog isn’t intelligent, however. The characteristics of the hardest dogs to train range in size, intelligence and breeding history; both dogs that are easy to train and dogs that are hard to train have high intelligence. The factors which make a dog harder to train are usually not intelligence, but the dog’s breeding history and personality. Typically, dogs which were originally bred to be hunting dogs or other types of service dogs are easier to train than dogs which were bred to be lap dogs—but even this typical characteristic does not always hold true. Let’s take a look at the dogs which considered being the hardest to train.

Beagle

beagleBeagles are an intelligent breed that unfortunately has an overriding characteristic that conflicts with training: high independence! Beagles are highly independent, meaning that they do not respond as well to commands or training given by their owners, when compared to dogs like Labrador Retrievers who are exceptionally obedient to their owners. Although Beagles adore attention and affection from their owners, they are not always keen to listen to them.

Mastiff

The Mastiff is a large dog–some dogs can weigh up to 130 lbs.!–which, although intelligent, is rather difficult to train. Mastiff dogs are not only stubborn, which makes forcing them to respond to commands difficult. They may recognize and understand the command, but refuse to respond in the right way because of their stubborn trait. In addition to their stubbornness, the breed is considered to be sensitive; yelling and negative reinforcement should be avoided and replaced with kindness, soft voices, and plenty of sweet patience for these large and loveable dogs.

Pekingese

Training a Pekingese has often been compared to dealing with a stubborn, pampered child—it’s a very apt comparison! The Pekingese breed is highly intelligent but stubborn and difficult to train; they usually pick up on behavioral training, such as housebreaking, easily. It is obedience training that they actually resist the most. The breed is also very dominant, which makes it hard for pet owners to establish a ‘top’ relationship that makes training a dog to obey more difficult. Their stubbornness and domineering nature may have something to do with their past as the Imperial guard dogs of China—their special and privileged status in the Imperial court may have caused them to develop a greater sense of dominance when compared to breeds without this treatment.

Chow Chow

Like the Pekingese, the Chow Chow is a smart dog who enjoys affection—and getting its way. The Chow Chow can easily become a domineering breed, which is why pet owners should take special care in training them to avoid this often annoying trait from becoming too prominent. Chow Chow dogs are stubborn; training them will take patience, hard work and plenty of consistency.