Everything went great with filous education. He made “seat”, “place”, came when called, walked on loosely leash leash and was the pride of its owners. That was a year ago. Today, the mixed breed dog is still on call – but only if he wants … Even with the “seat” and “place” does not always work, and when walking, he suddenly pulls on a leash. “What have we done wrong?” Ask Filous owners. Does this situation seem familiar to you? They wanted to do everything right from the start, studied education counselors and got themselves confused by the contradictory advice in these books. They visited the dog school with their four-legged friend, trained at home and after a while he suddenly does not do what their masters and mistresses want but goes his own way. Despite their best intentions, mistakes in education can creep in, often placing enormous strain on the coexistence of humans and animals. The good news: we get a second chance! Gudrun Braun, who is confronted with numerous variants of behavioral problems in her work as a senior dog trainer at the Vienna Animal Protection Center, explains: “Misconduct due to parental errors is always reversible. The amount of time and effort required to eradicate a problem depends on the cause and severity of the misconduct. The most common parenting mistakes are over-regulation, inconsistent behavior, wrong signals, rewarding chains of action, and getting stuck in training.
Were you too strict?
Many dog owners believe that as pack leaders they have to show rigor and toughness if the dog does something wrong, “explains Mag. Braun. “But hard action or beatings only makes the situation worse until it often escalates. The dog learns that he can not trust his owner in certain situations and gets scared of him. But a good boss is the one whom the others trust. ” Basically, the stricter and harder a dog has been treated, the faster behavioral errors occur and the more time-consuming it is to get rid of them. In severe cases, this is not possible without professional help. However, dog training is not just one valid method. Because every dog is an independent personality and should be treated as such. Therefore, the often very different advice advocated in books is confusing for many. While in robust dogs in the tone of voice can be quite a bit explorer (corporal punishment is absolutely taboo!), Sensitive dogs feel a loud and strict “seat !!” as threatening. Here it is more effective to make oneself small as a person or to give the command in a loving tone.
Were you too inconsistent?
He is so cute! Now he should first have his fun, “think some freshly baked dog owners and let the four-legged friends go over too much or do not train him consistently. At some point you have a spoiled dog who can not behave and does what he wants. But this problem is very easy to solve, says Mag. Braun. Because in that case there is a good relationship between animal and human. “If you then introduce consistent rules, the dog accepts them very quickly.”
Did you communicate wrong signals?
In the dog school he was able to “sit” and “place” practically in his sleep. Now, your four-legged companion sometimes lays down when you say “seat” or just looks at you questioningly? Then you probably give him a wrong or inaccurate signal. “Both verbal signals and hand signals must always be clear and exactly the same,” says the coach’s advice. “Once you have raised your finger for sitting, once curving, then pointing down, the dog does not know what to do. Then he just tries out some of what he has learned and what has once brought him success – until the right behavior is there. ” The solution to this problem is therefore simple: clear instructions. This also applies to the verbal command. With a clear short “seat,” the dog knows what to do, with a “treasure, please sit down now,” he knows little to do.
Always reward individual behavior!
Your dog is playing on the dog meadow with friends. They call him. He comes running joyfully and – gets his treat, but only after he has made seat or place. So he earned his treat by sitting and not for the tradition. Is it worthwhile to come at all? So many a dog could think of it and face deafness in the future. Brown explains: “The mistake is that you have combined individual behavior into a complex and the dog gets almost a single salary for several jobs. This must be resolved in a single reward for individual behavior. So reward for tradition and then for a seat again. ”
Got stuck in training?
Successful training consists of three steps: Step One: A new behavior is first practiced in a quiet, distraction-free environment (apartment). If this works in eight out of ten iterations you can move on to step two. Step two: The behavior is practiced with slight distraction, for example in your own garden or in a quiet outdoor space. If it works in eight out of ten repetitions, the dog is ready for the next step. Step three: The same workout is done this time in a high distraction environment, like on a dog meadow. “Many dog owners get stuck in the middle of training. Although you practice at home and then maybe a little in the garden, but if you do not train all three levels of training, the dog will not follow reliably, “explains Mag. Braun. The solution: start again where you got stuck.
A consolation: dogs are tolerant beings
Just as the perfect parents will never exist, even the perfect dog owners do not exist. Even with the best of intentions, little mistakes will creep in every now and then. These are reflected after some time in the behavior of our darlings, but we have plenty of opportunities to make up for our mistakes. Mag. Gudrun Braun: “Like humans, dogs learn not only in training but every day in many situations and environmental factors. As a result, one has many possibilities for error, but also as many opportunities to iron out the mistakes again. “And our dogs support us: Because they are extremely tolerant beings and forgive much.