You can train your dog much more successfully by not using treats and not giving him commands that he has heard before. Some unusual commands can be highly effective. A dog will often respond much better to a new command than to an old one, or even to a treat.
I have used the following methods with enormous success: To get my dog to come home I use the word “please” instead of “come”, and I add some body language like a slight nod of my head for example. I have also added some verbal cues such as when we go out for walks, I say, “we’re going now” and give him a slight tug on his collar. He knows it is time to go when I say those words.
Training a dog is certainly the hardest part of owning a dog
Training a dog is certainly the hardest part of owning a dog. It can be very frustrating having a dog that is not housebroken, or barks excessively, or keeps pulling on the leash during your walks, or doesn’t respond whenever it’s called, or jumps up on people, etc.
You’ll be fed up, because it’s pretty exhausting to keep trying to make them listen. You’ll wonder how professional dog trainers help dogs behave exactly the way they (the trainers) want them to.
But hiring a trainer can be quite expensive, and to be honest, you don’t really need to.
I’ll explain how in a minute. First, let me talk about WHY your dog seems to be so hard to train…
The reason you are having so much difficulty training your dog is that you’ve been doing dog training the outdated way.
It’s not your fault though. The fault really lies with all the bad dog training information that’s out there on the Internet and elsewhere.
Most people start training their dogs using verbal cues
Most people start training their dogs using verbal cues or commands like SIT, STAY, etc. Because that’s what they have been taught to do by numerous books on dog training and by all the videos they’ve seen on the Internet.
Here’s the problem – that’s exactly how NOT to train a dog!
Because the science of animal behavior says that starting your training using verbal cues sets your dog up for failure.
Dogs that are trained only using verbal cues never get trained properly. Or at least, the training doesn’t last long.
So, what’s the best way to train a dog?
The science is very clear on this – dogs are best trained by using body language. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should never use verbal cues. What it means is that you should always START your dog’s training using body language. Later on, you can bring in a verbal cue to reinforce your dog’s training.