As the article’s title says, what the heck is dog pre-training? A lot of dog owners don’t really care about this shit, think that it’s not necessary. To me, this is really important if you plan to train your dog yourself particularly. So, what’s pre-training? Basically, it’s a prerequisite and what I am going to tell next may shock you. The prerequisite is to you as dog owner, not your dog. Let me repeat, it’s YOU, not your dog!
As a dog owner, you need to have qualities below before you can train your dog. Read the below if you are first time dog owner. For those experienced dog owners, it’s good to read the below too to remind you what are the most important ones, back to the basics.
1. Be Patient
Don’t be hasty. I recommend that you wait until your puppy is at least 8 weeks old to begin official training. I know that sometimes you’ll get that sense of achievement when your puppy can do some tricks and you may want it fast. However, take note that each dog is special, and can just learn at his own pace. A few dogs learn rapidly, others take additional time. You need to put in lots of patience when it comes to effective dog training! You may need to repeat the same thing again and again so that your dog can grasp what you are trying to communicate. It’s just like how you train your kids when they are babies.
2. Be Kind
Never never lose your temper if your dog doesn’t “get it” immediately, or seems, by all accounts, to be disregarding you. Don’t take it too personal. This goes hand-in-hand with “Be Patient” mentioned above. Kindly do not punish your dog right away for not learning the thing you taught fast enough. In fact, if you can control your emotions, do not punish them at all.
3. Be Flexible
In the event that your dog struggled to learn, think of another way or place to train him/her. Some of the questions that you should ask yourself? Could it be the location that you use for the training is creating diversion to your dog? Is the time of the day is too close to their feeding time? The length of the training session maybe too long or short? The training requires too many steps in a row, maybe need to be broken down into littler, simpler steps? Be flexible, you don’t have to go by the book. Just do what it takes to enable your dog to succeed.
4. Be Generous.
Be generous to your dog with your time and rewards. Continuously reward your dog if they respond correctly to your command. Don’t be stingy with the treats. Now your dog has worked hard, he/she deserves to be rewarded. Imagine you work so hard to complete a project and your boss basically just take it for granted. Do you feel good? Will you be motivated to give your best again? You might think twice, right? Same goes to dogs. Also, commit to put in ample time to the training lessons. Yes, we are all busy these days, but spend some “quality” time with your dog. In return, you’ll get so much joy and fun from the lessons. You won’t regret it. Trust me!
You may ask, what if I don’t have any of the qualities stated above, like literally zero? My simple answer to that, you either work on that as some sorts of personal development or you may want to get someone professional to train your dog.