There are many different factors that come into play when deciding how long your dog training sessions should be. Just as people have varied personalities, the same can be said for dogs – even within a breed. Some dogs are easy to train, others are rather difficult. But all dogs are trainable with time and effort.
Before homing a dog, many people recommend a personality analysis to determine which breed will be most suitable in your life. This is a good idea, as sometimes, we choose a dog with no thought for the future. Choosing a dog because you like the look of it can lead to disaster. Puppies have great appeal but potential owners fail to acknowledge the size of the creature when grown or how much exercise or dog food it needs, and a whole host of other things that need to be considered. Yet they are all vital. Sadly, some dog owners are reluctant to invest their time in training, so the dog fails to reach its full potential.
When it comes to training, working with a dog’s age and personality will achieve better results than working against it. Puppies for instance have a limited attention span so short training sessions are preferable. It is best start with a few minutes each day and build on that. With the first steps learnt, the dog gains confidence allowing longer sessions to take place. Training the dog each day for a limited time is better than one lengthy session followed by no training for several days. Trained quickly, puppies avoid developing bad habits. Instead, they become loyal, sociable creatures, welcomed in any circumstances.
Ending each stint with fun and playtime is beneficial. Educational dog toys for instance are available from internet sites selling pet grooming supplies and from local shops and online stores. Your dog will appreciate a few playthings and finishing each session with a game will help develop a good relationship with your pet. A strong bond means it will enjoy the training and look to the next outing. Applying the skills learnt during the training stints is beneficial as this reinforces the commands and allows extra practice. The dog understands that the skills taught in the training sessions are part of life. Obedience and discipline become second nature.
Mixing fun with training, achieves better results. Continuing with the sessions is most likely if your pet is responding to instruction, strengthening the bond between owner and dog.
Older dogs on the other hand may take longer to train or re-train. But time, encouragement and perseverance will achieve good results.
Treats are great training incentives and home-made dog treats are perfect for this. The dog will learn that by obeying commands, a treat is earned, and it will be eager to please its master.
As owner and dog progress, both parties will find it enjoyable as the results will improve and the obvious rewards that both the dog and the owner receive from one another will bond the relationship.
There’s nothing like dog training to start off a lifetime relationship in the best manner possible.
Dog training is the best investment you can ever make for your pet.