Good Training Includes Positive Reinforcement

The Mistakes Bullmastiff Lovers Make When Training
Those of us who are dog lovers will do just about anything for our dogs. We buy them the dog food that will give them long lives, take them for walks, groom them properly, give them lots of hugs and chew toys. We make sure they have their doggie shots and regular vet care. In our enthusiasm to be good dog owners we sometimes make mistakes when it comes to training our beloved pooches. There are a few mistakes that are commonly made by dog lovers.The first common mistake that dog lovers will make when training a new dog or a puppy is to set their expectations too high. The dog owner usually has good intentions with having a desire to train the dog but gets carried away with how much they can realistically expect their dog to do. A good example would be the dog owner who witnesses the next-door neighbor's dog ability to perform an exciting dog trick. Next thing you know the owner has high expectations in the ability of his dog to also perform the same trick even if his dog is smaller, younger or older than the neighbor's dog. This high expectation can also occur when the dog owner watches dog shows on TV or experiences an elite group of dogs perform at a doggie camp. Just like with people, dogs have a range of talents, experiences and abilities. Judging your dog by the abilities, and talents of other dogs may not be fair to your dog. Your dog may not have the same level of training or experience that another dog has. A lot of time, patience and training, not to mention money, go into producing a well-trained dog.

Another mistake that is commonly made by dog owners is to give up too quickly when their dog fails to grasp the nature of a training command. Dog owners who become quickly frustrated at the lack of progress may fail to give the dog adequate training time to accomplish the task. There is a learning curve for dogs just like there is when humans learn a new task. Dog owners should ascertain what the normal learning curve is for any new training task before starting to train a dog so as to be prepared for what to expect.

Another very common mistake that dog owners make when training a dog is to not be consistent regarding commands, and regarding household rules (is it ok to jump when greeting, is it ok to bark at this person but not in this situation). If you are inconsistent, dogs can easily become confused and their performance will suffer.

Failing to give adequate amounts of positive reinforcement for a task well done or at least for a great attempt is where some dog lovers fail. To accomplish training in a manner that is not going to be like work for a dog requires positive reinforcement such as using treats while training. If you only give your dog correction and not rewards you will have a dog that sooner or later your dog will not see the benefit of good behavior if all you do is punish the dog for incorrect behavior.