Who wouldn’t want a well-behaved dog? In reality,dog training is a lifelong task, which also differs depending on the age, breed and living environment of the dog.
Not everyone has the opportunity to train their dog from puppyhood. And not every dog experiences everything that is necessary to become a well-balanced dog during the socialization phase, which is so important. Neither does every dog owner have the opportunity to regularly attend a dog school. That’s why you’ll find an overview of all our articles and guides on the subject of dog training here.
Why your dog needs training?
Having a well-behaved dog makes living together a lot easier. Be it staying alone, walking loosely on a leash, coming back safely, or leaving food behind, these are just a few behaviors your dog should learn. In addition, there are the many signals such as sit, down, walk or stay. The better your dog knows how to behave, the fewer problems there will be.
You can’t take a dog to a restaurant that keeps barking for attention. You cannot let a dog run free. And if your dog jumps at strangers, they won’t find it funny either. So you have to teach your four-legged friend which behaviors are desirable and which are not.
Fortunately, dog training is not a closed book. It is important to understand that you speak a different language than your dog. Therefore, your task is to find common communication with him so that you can understand each other. So dog training means nothing more than helping your four-legged canine friend to find his way in the human world in order to avoid conflicts with people or animals.
Don’t let problems arise in the first place
What is a problem with dogs anyway? If you live remotely in the country, maybe no one minds if your dog barks in the yard. If, on the other hand, you live in a densely built-up area, the whole thing looks different.
So whether your dog’s behavior is a problem depends on the context and whether it bothers you or those around you. What was not a problem today can become one as a result of changed circumstances. Then you will probably start looking for training opportunities and solutions.
Of course, it’s best not to let behavior problems arise in the first place. You can achieve this by practicing how to behave properly with your dog from day one of living with him.
However, some behavior is also caused by external influences. For example, biting can cause your dog to develop a fear of other dogs.
So there are problems that you can avoid through education and there are those that arise from external circumstances.
What dog training options are there?
There are many different methods in dog training, some of which are based on outdated knowledge or incorrect assumptions. It therefore makes sense to delve deeper into this topic.
Training methods that cause your dog pain, fear, or intimidation will lead to what you want to avoid: problems! Any form of violence, including intimidation, can deeply damage your dog’s trust in you. Dog training based on positive reinforcement does not require such means.
The focus here is on encouraging desirable behavior and preventing undesirable behavior without scaring your dog or causing him any pain. In order to reward your dog in a varied way – not just with food – it is necessary that you deal intensively with his needs. And of course this form of training also means that you encourage and challenge your four-legged friend.The result is a good relationship with your dog based on trust and security.