Going out there and training takes a lot of patience, but it is important to think about specific variables that come into play with the type of dog that you are going to be training. You don’t want to run into a burning building without first knowing where the exits are and how bad the fire is spreading.
When you go to train your dog, always take these considerations into mind beforehand. It can help you decide the appropriate action to take.
There is always a long list to think over before you get a dog, but the same holds true before you train them. You want to train them the best way and through the use of the right variables, you can be sure that you do just that.
Consider why the dog might not be doing the command
- – are they hungry, have to go outside, need to be exercised, have been at this for too long, are distracted? – If you find that your dog is not on a schedule, then they might have a hard time doing what is asked of them. Make sure you stick to the schedule so they do not have this issue.
What is the size of the dog?
- – Some larger dogs might not have to use the bathroom every hour. They may be content going to the bathroom every two to three hours.
Did you give them enough exercise today to get some energy out to focus on the task?
- –If the dog is not listening and running around, not doing what is needed, or not giving you the time of day, they need to get that energy out.
How old is the dog?
- – Puppies tend to have a shorter attention span than older dogs and they want to play more, so you want to keep gaining their attention while training.
Are they a rescue dog or a brand-new puppy?
- – Rescue dogs might be set in their way and they might not get a new command right away. Puppies can learn but it may take time.
What is their temperament like?
- – The dog might want to work, such as a German Shepherd or they may want to play, like a lab. The temperament of the dog might change how you train them. If they use play to learn then incorporate play in to your training. If they use work, then give them a task so they focus more.
Are they friendly and approachable?
- – If the dog has aggression issues then they might be harder to train overall. You need to gain this type of dog’s trust before you can work with them on training tasks. You can gain trust with positive reinforcement training by giving them treats even for simple behavior like moving off the couch where you usually sit
When considering the dog, so many factors come into play because every dog is different. By keeping all of these factors in mind during the training session you can narrow down any problems along the way if you come back to this check list and find any of these issues that the dog might be going through.
For example, dogs that have been rescued might have had an owner that would hit them if they went to the bathroom in a specific area. They might have had some sort of trauma. Puppies are high energy and they require a lot of time and effort to get them to listen and do what is said. Some puppies will learn what to do at an older age than others that might be too young to hold their bladder.
There are many factors to consider during the training process, but one key component needs to always remain steady and true and that is the persistence of the owner. Repetition and never giving up will train the dog.