Dog training at home - Best Tips with Experiences Must Read it

 

Dog training at home - Best Tips with Experiences Must Read it

Dog training at home - Best Tips with Experiences Must Read it

Every dog is different. Some dogs learn from humans quickly, without correction, by monitoring their human’s attention to their dog training, ensuring the dog is regularly rewarded for making small corrections of their own. Others have so much trouble learning and finding corrections for problems in the environment around them that they eventually need a lot of training and help from their owner to accomplish anything.


This is exactly why I trained my dog, Shiloh, before starting training my other dog Oscar, at home. Before any training began, I first made sure Oscar had basic obedience and control training. Then, when it was time for me to take Oscar out of the kennel, I wanted to make sure Oscar could do as he was told by me. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be training him at all and would be training him in an environment that was impossible to control, or even to influence.

Every dog and every person are unique. I know of a few other training experts who train dogs for a living at home. But I also know a few trainers who train dogs successfully using dog training techniques at home. I’m sure there are many others out there who train dogs successfully at home.


I’ll have to say that I think training dogs at home is more important than training dogs in an environment that don’t resemble your home or home environment. That’s because training in an environment that is unfamiliar and strange to your dog is more likely to cause confusion, anxiety, frustration, and even failures for your dog and even for you as your trainer. It can be difficult to make yourself and your dog comfortable while teaching them to do something different. If it’s easy to stay at home and be trained by someone who understands you and your dog well and responds quickly to your dog’s training needs, that’s just what you should do.

Dog training at home - Best Tips with Experiences Must Read it


I also don’t think training should be done in an environment that is too exciting for your dog or your dog’s behavior to be unpredictable. If your dog is bouncing off the walls or chewing on you, I don’t think it’s a good environment for training. I would much rather work with your dog when he is calm and attentive, focusing on you and learning something you can use to solve a problem he is struggling to solve at home. When he is calm and focused, I find that his behavior is more predictable and he has a much easier time learning.

I did train Oscar to stop jumping up on me by leaving him in a crate and training him in a quiet, simple environment. His crate was set up just the way I did it. And I was able to monitor and reinforce Oscar’s behavior very quickly.


To train my dog Oscar at home, I trained him with an object that would allow me to catch him when he was jumping on me, and punish him if he tried to jump on me. Whenever he was able to reach the “hot spot” of my waistline, he got a bite or a tug on the leash. Then I returned him to the crate, with a treat for being safe and learning at home.


By training my dog in this manner, he eventually was able to perform tasks without jumping on me. And when I could return him to his crate, I continued to use that crate as a reward for his good behavior.


Whenever I needed to train Oscar in a more stressful environment, I put him in his crate, with a clicker, treats, and an object he needed to touch to earn a reward, like a snack or a dog toy. If he was jumping on me at the time, I wouldn’t be able to touch his collar or grab his leash, so I would use the crate to train him to stay at home.


Eventually, when he was finally trained to leave me alone in the house while I was training Oscar in the crate, then I was able to let him join Oscar in the crate. At this point, I was working with Oscar. I wouldn’t use Oscar as a reward, since Oscar was already at a high level of training and he was already able to obey my commands well. Instead, I would train Oscar and reward him in the crate.


Then once Oscar was able to lie quietly on his bed in the crate while I trained Oscar in the crate, I would work with Oscar at home.

It’s important to train both the dog and the handler in the same environment. If your dog is very loud, you may find that training the dog to be quiet in a home that’s too noisy is very difficult. If your dog is loud when he is home alone, then training him to be quiet at home may be very difficult for your dog and for you.


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