Mistakes in raising a dog
The owners often complain about the dog: “You train and train, but she is still old.” Or they don’t complain, they simply declare that the dog is ill-bred, because she has “such a character” and it is impossible to train her. But the matter is most often not in the pet, but in the owner, who, out of ignorance or because of insufficient motivation, makes serious mistakes in the upbringing. In our article we will list the main ones. Take note!
1. Poor diet
The well-being of the dog, its energy, cheerfulness and even quick wits directly depend on the quality of feeding. With a poor diet, the pet simply will not have the strength to absorb new information.
2. Lack of socialization
In no case should a dog be hidden from the world. The sooner you begin to socialize it, the more it will communicate with other dogs and people, the more developed and smart it will be.
3. Lack of walking and physical activity
It happens that you sleep all weekends from extreme fatigue, but you still don’t feel rested. Is this situation familiar? And the dogs are exactly the same. If the dog does not move much and is rarely in the fresh air, it becomes lethargic and loses interest in something new.
4. Unauthorized contact with the owner
Sometimes a dog does not execute commands because it does not understand them or … does not want to execute them. To listen and hear the owner, the dog must not only love him, but also respect, understand and trust him. A good host is first and foremost a friend. Follow this rule, and then there will be no problems with mutual understanding.
5. Fuzzy teams
Inability to give commands is the most common mistake in raising a dog. Teams should be specific and clearly voiced. Imagine the situation. The mistress accustoms the dog to the “Wait” command. Today she uses the word “Wait!”, Tomorrow “Stop!”, And the day after tomorrow, for example, “Sit!”. With such an abundance of words meaning the same command, the dog simply does not understand what to do. You would be surprised to find out how often dogs do not execute commands because they simply do not understand them. There is no question of any obstinacy and desire to annoy.
Mistakes in raising a dog
6. Lack of praise for success
Feeling the owner’s approval is a great happiness for any dog. Do not deprive the pet of this joy, especially if it really demonstrates success. Be sure to reward the dog after the right action. This will help to consolidate knowledge, instill in the pet pleasant associations with the educational process and simply please him.
7. An overabundance of goodies
Taste motivation is most effective for dogs. But if a pet is given delicacies too often and just like that, then he will cease to appreciate them. Be careful: there is a norm for feeding treats. They should not be turned into a basic diet!
8. Incorrect punishment
If the dog is guilty, it must be punished correctly. How to do it? Sufficiently strict intonation, the command “You can’t!” And in the last resort a symbolic click on the nose or popping a newspaper. Physical punishment and aggression are the main mistakes in dog training and education. They will not bring any benefit, but only spoil the pet and your relationship with him.
Some dogs become very shy due to rough punishment, others become aggressive. In both cases, it will be very difficult to regain the love, trust and respect of yesterday’s friend. Dogs are very sensitive and perfectly capture the intonation of the owner. Believe me, they never play pranks in spite. If your pet does not respond to intonation, look for mistakes in education. Slapping and shouting is not an option.
And one more feature of punishment. The dog assimilates it only at the time of misconduct. If she nibbled your shoe in the morning while you were at work, and you scolded her for it in the evening – there would be no use. The only thing you will achieve with such punishment is severe stress for the pet. He will not understand why he was scolded.
9. Undermining trust
One of the most cruel actions that the owner can perform in relation to the pet is to affectionately suspect him, then to punish. It will be superfluous to say that such an “approach” will not help in education. But it will kill the dog’s confidence.
Mistakes in raising a dog
10. A frightened dog
If you feel that the dog is afraid of you, trying to train it is pointless. First you need to improve the relationship. Zoopsychologists and trainers will help with this.
11. Variability in education
The key to successful education is systematic. Both praise and punishment must always be consistent. If today the dog received a reprimand for climbing onto the bed, and tomorrow the owner himself offers her his pillow, she will not understand what she can and cannot do.
And one more interesting example. If you give a dog “to chew” toys in the form of shoes or old spoiled shoes, she will chew your new shoes with pleasure. It makes no difference to her: chewing on an old slipper or a new boot. Be careful!