Dogs are largely obedient and will usually follow instructions if they understand what you want. However, you will have to understand dog body language in order to be able to relate better with your dog or puppies. You have to keenly observe your dog so as to understand them and then help them understand you.
Dogs will have several ways to tell you how they are feeling and what they want. The most common of gestures is the wagging of the tail. Most people will believe that the wagging of the tail means that a dog is happy. Well contrary to popular opinion, this may mean that your dog is aroused emotionally. They could be excited about something, frustrated or impatient. To better understand the meaning of this gesture, you have to, therefore, observe certain things. You have to watch the position, speed, and direction of the wagging tail. A slow wag will suggest the dog is relaxed while a faster wag will portray agitation or other negative emotions.
The tail will tell you tones about a dog. A dog that is confident and assertive will have its tail high. A shyer and fearful dog will have its tail low or tucked between its legs. A relaxed dog will have its tail in a neutral position. It is also important to observe other features in a dog’s body to determine their mood. At times they might have raised hackles which mean that their hair on their back will be raised. This shows that the dog might be anxious or stressed. This might also be a dog’s way to show interest or excitement. You might want to add this in a dog training session where you would get dog to stop barking.
Posture is also important in decoding a dog’s body language and behavior. This will be denoted by the distribution of body mass. This will help you understand a dog’s mood and intention. When you notice that the dogs’ posture is shrinking, this means that the dog does not care much about whatever is going on and they would be better off elsewhere. This may show that they feel intimidated or are not feeling confident about the situation. This is a dog’s way of submitting. They will even go further to roll overexposing their underbelly which is a sign of surrender.
A dog’s posture with weight shifted forward shows that the dog wants to move forward or wants to very badly get to something. This may both portray interest in something or even some aggression towards something. However, if a dog’s upper body is shifted towards the ground with the back arching to create a ramp, then the dog is inviting you to play. When the dog doesn’t want anything to do with you, you will know. They will usually bear all their teeth out for you to see. This is a sign to keep off.
Observing the above tells, you will be able to instill obedience into your dog at will. For this, you have to start an obedience program for your dog. This has to be regular routines so that the dog adapts fast. That said, there are no good or bad dogs. Just untrained dogs and trained dogs. Dogs will not know how to behave until you show them and therefore training is key. Most dog owners will prefer to have their dog trained by an expert who can teach your dog precise movements, actions, and responses. However, others just want their dog to acquire the basic skills that will allow them to get by.
For dog home training, you will need to get yourself a kit of equipment. First, you will need to acquire a dog collar or a harness, whichever is preferable. Trainers will advise against a retractable leash. Another essential is that you will need to buy some dog treats, probably something that your dog enjoys eating. You can even make some at home. This is vital in puppy training since conditioning a dog works best when you reward them for tasks performed optimally. This is because research suggests that dogs react best to positive reinforcement, meaning they will take some praise and some treats any day.
When you have your kit, arrange your sessions in small steps and durations to allow for learning. A good duration for training your dog would be 10 to 20 minutes, two to three times a day. This is attributed to the short attention span that a dog has. Then you need to stick to single action for each training session. This helps the dog remember better. Training a dog with the aid of a clicker also helps. It is advisable to start with simple commands like sitting, fetching, or dismissal. The easiest is teaching your dog how to respond to their name. Once your dog has warmed up to the basics, you can move on to other tricks.
A dog’s obedience training is mostly dependent on the trainer and not on the dog parse. A dog can be conditioned so much that they become problem solvers. Some trainers can even train a dog to disregard some unwanted behavior like chewing your shoe. The key to training a dog successfully is to keep rewarding your dog for every completed task. This will also help with avoiding resistance. Negative reinforcement such as punishing your dog may work but this only plays into breaking the bond with your dog.
Giving a dog some treats is the best way to keep their attention on you. With these few basics, you can even correct undesirable behavior such as continuous barking. Enforcing training techniques in your dog requires consistency, patience, and strategy. With these, you can train your dog to talk-bark; perform menial jobs, and even sit as still as you want for as long as you want. It’s upon you to identify what you would ask of your dog and how you can get the dog to do it. Note that different tricks will be to take different rates of learning for different breeds.