The length of dog training sessions depends on the dog’s temperament, age, and level of training. Puppies have shorter attention spans hence their sessions are shorter than for adult dogs. A good rule of thumb is to keep an exercise brief and detailed. As you build upon previous lessons, increase the length and difficulty level. Your pooch needs time to develop physical and mental stamina. Don’t push him too far because they may lose interest.
Frequency of Training
How often to practice with your furry companion depends on the level of training and the type of dog. Repeat lessons and be consistent in commanding tasks. Note that different dogs learn at different paces, so some are quick to pick commands than others. Your relationship with the dog will play a major role in their behavior both at home and away. The ‘place’ command that teaches a hound to keep calm on their bed until they are released is a good practice to implement every day. The learned tricks becomes passive training once the dog masters it. It will require the dog to work on the holding position and impulse control, though it is not active training.
How to End Training Sessions
Every session must end on a positive note. Your puppy has been working hard to cooperate, so you must leave them with treats, praises, or an affectionate rub. This will make them eager to show up at the next training with a wagging tail and ready to tackle the task. Once the pup is old enough, consider neutering or spaying them to keep them more docile and less aggressive.
The first thing you must check is the dog’s behavior to know if they are getting it right. You must never praise a bad action as it will only confuse the pooch. Remember that pets live in the moment. After two minutes, they forget what had happened. That is why you must apply a technique right away to allow the puppy to see the connection between an action and its consequences. Repeated actions reinforce the lessons learned.
Discourage Biting and Nipping
Some people resort to scolding pets when they start biting things. Rather, discourage the action by pretending you are in pain whenever they nip or bite something. Yelling can work well, and you will be amazed at how fast a mouthy canine stops biting. When the verbal cues fail, try to exchange the chew toy with a pat to the leg or hand and they will respond positively.
Say No to Jumping Immediately
Most pups jump up when greeted while older dogs have some naughty behaviors. If they jump in excitement, don’t reprimand but ignore them instead. They should settle down and then you can give positive reinforcement. Avoid at all costs patting dogs when they are in a jump-up position.