Neither you nor your dog learns the correct behavior in everyday life at school, but during normal living together – quite incidentally. If you heed our tips, you and your dog will soon be a well-established team in which everyone can absolutely rely on the other.
Once is enough
No matter what you ask your dog to do, whether it’s “sit,” “down,” or “here,” once your dog knows the appropriate visual or audio cue, do it only once. You may need a bit of patience and self-control at first. But remember: your dog has heard and seen exactly what you want. So be stubborn, but don’t repeat your wish. But don’t go any further. Only when the dog does what you won’t do you release the tension – with clickers, praise, and cheering, a game, or a reward.
Don’t overdo it
It’s hard to stop when it’s most beautiful. But it motivates for next time. Don’t wait until the dog’s concentration weakens, the slow walking next to you strains its nerves or the first small mistakes creep in. Reward yourself and your dog for the joint successes and let them romp around a bit. This is the clearest way to show how much you agree with him.
End of performance
Be sure to resolve every exercise, no matter how small: You say “sit”, the dog sits. They praise, the dog must continue to sit. Then you get “Okay, let’s continue” or “Forward”. Failure to resolve command is the most common parenting mistake. The dogs understand the praise as a “dissolution” and immediately do what they want again. This can lead to a dog sprinting to “Here” and dashing off again just as quickly.
Always use praise, cheering, reward, play unit only when the dog has done something as desired. Constant praise and reward wear off and are “expected”. Praise for the omission is also counterproductive because the dog cannot see any connection. If he doesn’t bark at the postman, that’s natural and not worthy of praise. Just like not pulling on the leash or not running to a dog. If you want to praise this right behavior, quickly put your wish in front of it and then praise it.
A “No!”, “Ugh,” or another reproach, used incorrectly, can destroy trust. If your dog does something wrong or too late, spare yourself and him any comment. So if he sits next to you when you say “go ahead” or comes back to your “here” in a roundabout way, that’s neither a reason for cheering nor for blame, but rather for a correction. Put in an interim exercise that he’s guaranteed to master, and then give praise. A “fie” or “no” is appropriate if the dog is actively doing something it shouldn’t: eating something it has found, barking at a jogger, etc. Then you can also praise the subsequent failure to do so.
Name-calling as “Hello!”
Before you express any of your wishes, get the dog’s attention by saying its name. So “Santos, hiiiier” and not just “Saaaaantos” or “Hiiiier”. In this way, the dog quickly learns that he is meant to be and that you also want something from him. Used correctly, this combination of name and wish is an unbeatable educational tool.
Success Through Regression
Dogs are not robots that store everything they once learned forever. They’re not always in the same mood every day, and there will always be relapses. It’s really bad if you then grumpily call it a day and end the walk together, the game, or the training session. Before you devote yourself to other matters, let the dog do something on request that he loves and where he can really shine: give five, fetch the ball, play dead … Then you will find that great, he has his sense of achievement – and that day is saved.