Dog training mistakes are made so often and can ruin how you train your dog and your relationship with your dog so making sure you avoid these training mistakes with your dog is crucial.
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Making these mistakes will determine Whether you have a great dog or a bad Dog this tip I’m about to give you is Something that the best dog trainers and Handlers in the world know but so many Especially new owners don’t understand And make this mistake on every single Walk they go on with their dogs if you Want your walk to be as beautiful as This you have to stop letting your dog Make decisions when you’re out on a walk Yes that does mean that they can’t stop And sniff whenever they want yes that Means that they can’t react and bark and Lunge towards people vehicles and Traffic when they want if you instill That rule that when we’re moving forward Together you follow me in all situations You never make decisions for yourself You will have a dream dog on the end of The lead then when you get to where You’re going maybe to a private field Somewhere safe we can let them off the Lead or switch them out to a long line Then they can run be a dog and have all The fun in the world but if you want to Walk that looks like this stop letting Your dog make it his own decisions nine Times out of ten if your dog is doing Something wrong you’ve accidentally Rewarded and reinforced that behavior Now I know that sounds counter-intuitive And you’d never do that on purpose but That is the reality new owners make the
Mistake of accidentally reinforcing bad Behaviors all the time let’s take a look At an obvious example dog sees another Dog starts lunging and barking towards The other dog you go down and say it’s Okay it’s just another dog it’s okay you Don’t have to worry you think you’re Reassuring the dog what you’re actually Doing is reinforcing the dog and you’re Going to see that behavior happen more Frequently in the future the same thing Happens when somebody comes to the door And they start barking at the door when The doorbell goes off it’s okay boo-boo It’s just mummy it’s just mummy bathroom Work you’re not reassuring the dog You’re reinforcing the dog stop Accidentally rewarding your dog for bad Behaviors and reward them for good Behaviors instead now this mistake that Dog owners and many dog trainers for That fact make all the time might be a Little bit of a difficult one for you to Listen to but I really want you to have Success so we’re going to talk about it And that is you comparing yourself to Other people on Instagram in particular Yes Instagram can be amazing yes we can Share the successes we have with our Dogs but let me let you into a little Secret that you should know already Instagram is the best of the best Moments and people cut all the bad Moments so if you’re comparing your dog
Your progress your success to people You’re seeing on Instagram that is not a True representation of what they’re Dealing with I see this every single day Clients that come to me with terrible Dogs you go on their Instagram and Everything looks amazing have realistic Expectations of your dog be happy with The progress you’re making with your dog And stop comparing your dog to the fake Side of other people’s dogs through Social media a huge mistake especially First time owners makers not understand Standing the different pieces of Equipment and not knowing when to use Different things with your dog now I’m Going to hand you over to my good friend Liam who is going to give you the single Best demonstration of this so that it Can really drive that message home Because it’s so incredibly important Tension on the lead is is one of the Biggest contributing factors to Basically making your reactive dog or Your dog that pulls on a lead a million Times work okay now I have my dog Axel Here and we’re going to demonstrate this So one line I have attached to his prawn Collar and then one line I have attached To his harness that he’s wearing around Here on a y shape still loves his ball Essentially this might be your dog at Home this might be a dog across the Other side of the road your dog wants to
Go and see that dog or that ball Axel Does now because there’s no tension and He’s understanding the prawn collar Because I’ve taught him there’s no Massive massive fixation there’s no big Eruption of pressure okay and what Happens when people start to add tension After their dog okay and they’re going Oh boy good boy good boy it’s okay say Hello be friendly you end up with that Type of okay if I don’t bring the Opposite way hold his prong collar far Less okay he’s not pulling me he’s not Going forward it’s having loads of Tension especially on the wrong Equipment makes your behavior a million Times worse okay I can walk my dog Towards the ball and he’s far less Interested if I try and walk him away From this on a harness that’s near Impossible and I start going towards it Getting dragged tension on a lead one of The biggest factors that I see with a Lot of my clients in big reactivity okay They’re not the dog’s not paying Attention there’s still desire to go for That that’s where the training part Comes in but the handling part if I try And walk him past on this I’ve got no Chance if that’s dog on dog that’s That’s a bad situation and if you think That was good Liam’s going to give us Another mistake later on in the video so Make sure you stick around for that one
Let me make this next tip abundantly Clear stop thinking that your dog has to Like all other dogs you don’t like all Other people your dog shouldn’t like all Other dogs your dog doesn’t have to like Any dogs now what they do need to be is Neutral around them and display the Behaviors that we need from them to keep Them and other people safe but stop Forcing dogs that don’t like other dogs Into situations where they have to make Bad decisions dog parks are the worst Thing for this and it’s why I think Nobody should ever go to dog parks if You do have a very sociable dog find Structured places where you can meet Other well sociable dogs but if your dog Isn’t that way that’s fine as well honor Your dog understand your dog and set Your dog up for Success a huge mistake That people make with their dogs is Simply not having realistic expectations Of their breed but what that means is That they then have unrealistic Expectations of their dog if you get a German Shepherd do not be surprised if They want to bark at things if you get a Labrador or a golden retriever do not be Surprised if they want to run and chase After things and bring them back to you If you have a spaniel do not be Surprised if you lose it in every hedge Fro that you walk by you must understand The history of your breed and how that
Impacts the breed that you live with Today so that you can have realistic Expectations of your dog and set both You and them up for Success now another Huge mistake that people make with their Dogs is not understanding that bad dogs Drives now we could go into some fancy Trainer lingo about this but it’s Essentially what really motivates your Dog what are they driven by is it Guarding is it protection is it Retrieval is it hunting if we understand What drives them we can either use it to Our advantage or understand that that Might be an area where they really Struggle to pay attention to us so we’re Going to have to do lots of work in Those scenarios and situations to set Them up for Success not failure now for This next cardinal sin of dog ownership I’m going to hand you back over to my Good friend Liam to explain it in more Detail have two very very different dogs I have Frank he’s obviously a doberman I Have Axel up here Um who is a mix of a Shepherd a Dutch Herder and a Belgian Malinois he is Obviously a very very lovely looking dog And a very handsome Doc and this is what A lot of people base on what they want From their dog I like the look of this Dog I like the look of that dog vice Versa but there is big big caveat to This it is like buying a car based on
Just how it looks there’s always is Going to be something that doesn’t fit Your lifestyle doesn’t fit your family Doesn’t fit your work maybe doesn’t even Fit you as a Handler and owner of the Dog now let’s say Axel is an absolute Lunatic Um 99 of the time and to get him to even Just stay up here and be still up here Takes a hideous amount of training both These dogs are very very serious dog but If you are looking at his dog thing and He looks lovely I want one of them when You meet them and you work with them and You learn about them you’ll soon quick Realize that looks are not the most Important thing in the world a tire dog Truly is a happier dog and a tire dog Truly is a better behaved dog and a Mistake that so many people make with Their dogs is not understanding what Their exercise requirements are and They’re not fulfilling them you have to Know the kind of dogs that you have and You have to make sure you fulfill their Energy outputs now it’s clear I’m no Super athlete but even I can provide the Amount of exercise needed for a high Drive working dogs you just have to be Creative walking is a great start but a Game of fetch is going to be your best Friend get your dog treadmill trained And let that do the majority of the hard Work for you get them involved in sports
Like agility or Fly ball anything that Can Tire your dog out physically and Mentally whilst working on your Relationship with them will set you and Them up for Success a huge mistake that I see so many owners make especially First time owners is leaving their dog’s Food on the floor for them to have free Access to whenever they want it is a Monumental mistake and you are missing Out on huge opportunities for massive Amounts of success with your dogs of Course they can eat the same amount of Food throughout the day we’re never Going to starve our dogs but make them Work for it use their normal rations as Part of your daily obedience training And then whatever’s left at the end of The day you can put in a bowl you can Ask them to sit put the food on the Floor but they don’t have access to it Until they’re looking up to you for Guidance and direction and you tell them They can have it do that every single Day and I get guarantee you will have a Relationship with your dog where they Look up to you as their loving leader