badYou know how much I loooooove to go to the dog park and play with all of the other dogs? Thiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss much! But today I didn't have such a good time and I want to tell you a little about it.
Everything started out fine.There were two small dogs in this amazing dog park in Rockport, Texas. It is a huge park and I can run and run and run. Oh and chase squirrels. There is a large chain link fence so mom and dad don't have to worry about me getting out and running into trouble. Did I mention the squirrels?
Anyway, I sniffed around the two little dogs, but they didn't want to run, so I left them and explored the dog park. I didn't see the bad people bring their big male lab in though the gate because I was - squirrel. The big dog, his name was Rocky, decided to run and that looked like fun, so we ran around the park a couple of times, but then Rocky changed. He got pushy and kept knocking me over and then he tried to bite me. I was quick and scooted away, but he wasn't playing anymore - he was mad. His people saw him beating up on me and just let him do it.
Mom and dad rushed to help me and told the people to call off their dog because he was hurting me. Finally they called out to him, but he didn't pay any attention. He was just wild. My brave hero - my dad, grabbed him by the tail and pulled him off of me and mom quickly got my leash. Dad was really mad at the people and told them if their dog wasn't trained, he shouldn't be off the leash.
When we got home, mom gave me a bath and found a couple of puncture wounds on my shoulder and my ear has a little chunk out of it. I wanted mom to post pictures, but she said no. So instead, I'm having mom post an article on Dog Training Basics that everyone should read.
I don't blame Rocky. He just didn't know any better and his parents did not take the time to let him know how to behave. Please don't be like them.
Basics of Dog Training
It's essential for Dog parents like you to know certain basic factors that determine your relationship with your Dog and can go a long way in training him effectively.
Before you begin training your Dog, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with him. This is important as it helps you to understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Dog to have complete trust in you.
Let us see how.......
How To Bond With Your Dog
Building a bond with your Dog is the first and the most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you bring your Dog home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.
When Dogs are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners' training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Dog.
Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.
Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Dog is almost impossible.
4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Dog :
Building a bond with your Dog will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Dog calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.
Love Your Dog and He Will Love You back
Once you're succesful in building a bond with your Dog, you can rest assured that training him and teaching him new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.
How Your Dog Learns...
Your Dog's learning period can be divided into five phases:
The Teaching Phase - This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Dog exactly what you want him to do.
The Practicing Phase - Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learnt, practice with your Dog what you have just taught him.
The Generalizing Phase - Here you must continue practicing with your Dog in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Dog out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you've taught him.
Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better .
The Testing Phase - Once you're sure that your Dog has achieved almost 90% success....he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.
Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.
The idea is to test your Dog to see how he responds in an environment which is new to him. Set-up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Dog.
There are only 2 possibilities:
Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps – patience, persistence, praise.
Internalizing Phase - Finally, comes the extremely rewarding phase where your Dog does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.
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