One of the most frequently asked question in the MyPetCareGuide.com community is, “Can I ever stop dog training?” The answer falls in a pretty gray area. Dog training is an ongoing process that shouldn’t really ever stop. You can let go and not train on a consistent basis after your dog reaches maturity, but on the other hand you can also keep training, and reap benefits like a deeper bond and a dog that knows more tricks. There are quite a few risks associated with not training your dogs after maturity. You can run into the risk of your dog becoming lazy, and not listening to your commands. If you want your dog to listen to you then remember to be consistent in your training approach, and make sure your dog respects every command of yours. You may stop the formal training at your dog’s maturity, however, you have to remain consistent with a planned regimen, for the remainder of your dog’s life.
If you notice your dog not obeying your commands, then it is time for your to review your training process. There are several great dog training tips online, make full use of these resources and start over again. You don’t have to refresh all the commands, just focus on those commands that your dog is slacking off on. It is extremely important to show your dog that you are the pack leader. If he isn’t listening to you then he’s challenging you for the alpha role. Your dog not listening to you, and not seeing you as the alpha, are the two worst things that can happen when you stop dog training. These two problems are fixable with some work on your part.
For instance if your dog gets excited, stand on the leash, and use both hands to draw his front paws gently toward you. Stay just as you are and wait for him to relax. When a puppy is small, we kneel; we coax; we bribe with food to get him to come. Now that your dog has grown up, teach him to come because you called him.
Put him on leash and when he is busy sniffing the ground or saying ugly things to another dog, call his name and tell him “Come!” After you call, jerk ONCE on the leash with lots of praise.
Your dog will come gaily if you clap your hands and make a game of the training. He will learn more quickly if you give the command before you jerk the leash, and make a fuss over him after he comes.
Leave the dog in a sitting position. Then stand behind him. Call him! If he doesn’t move, tug once on the leash and give him extra praise.
When he is off leash, ask a friend or one of your family to help. When you call your dog, ask the friend to point to you and tell the dog “Go!” The friend should even chase him if necessary. Your dog will quickly learn that if he goes to the person who calls, he will be praised and patted. If he goes somewhere else, people will chase after him and tell him “Go! Go!”
If there is no one to chase your dog, turn and walk away. Perhaps he will follow. If he plays hard-to-get, make him curious!
Never, NEVER grab!
Reach for him slowly. Treat him gently by supporting his chest with one hand while he sits on the other arm. A dog biscuit or a piece of dog candy will also help teach your dog to come.
This article was contributed by Joe of Best Dog Crates and Beds. Best Dog and Beds is a leading resource in dog training tips, advice, and dog product reviews. Follow them on Twitter @BDogCratesNBeds