What is it? Well, one common dog training mistake is to treat a dog or puppy like a person. Thinking that a dog will respond to “our” way of reasoning is a very common problem. This can really inhibit our ability to train our dogs.
We love our pets and our pets respond to us in what may appear to be a very human way. When we are depressed they seem to sense it. When we are feeling any emotion our dogs seem to really be in tuned to those emotions, yet, that doesn’t mean they totally understand emotions like we do.
A Serious Common Dog Training Mistake to Avoid
Another common dog training mistake is hitting or screaming at our dogs to communicate our dispointments or frustrations. Shoving a dog or puppies nose in poop or their recent piddle puddle is not training them to go outside. It is training them to fear us and it is confusing to them.
The best way to train our dogs is to learn how THEY think, and not try to make them THINK like we do. Simply put, you can’t make them think like a human because they are not human.
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Common Dog Training Mistakes to Watch For
Making mistakes is just part of life. As long as we do our best to learn from those mistakes we will be much happier and so will our pets. Another very common things we tend to do is actually “train” our dogs to do bad, annoying or damaging things. Yep, this happens all the time.
One example is actually training a dog to whine or bark. One thing that people often do when their dog is whinning for attention is verbally tell their dog to stop whinning. This is the HUMAN trying to reason out a HUMAN way to teach their dog not to whine. The problem is when you give a dog any sort of response, even if it’s a bad one, that response can actually teach the dog to repeat the behavior.
I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that’s why we turn to the experts when it comes to training our dogs not to bark, jump, or chase squirls. This is something that Carla learned how to control by following some expert advice in the Secrets to Dog Training guide by Daniel Stevens. Click here to read how to avoid common dog training mistakes.
Success Story Carla J. Johnson“I love Secrets to Dog Training. I rescued two German Shepherds and I did not know anything about dog obedience. One of my dogs was quite aggressive with other dogs, and crazy about chasing cats and squirrels. What I like about your book is that you give insights into what the dog is thinking, why they behave the way they do, and tips on what to do to correct the problem.
I have learned so much from your instructions, and my dogs are now following my commands and I am able to control them. Thanks for the great book.” — Carla J. Johnson (Long Beach, California, USA)
Notice that Daniel helps us to learn how a dog thinks. This is how we can really train our dogs. By thinking like they do, not trying to get them to think like we do.