Successful dog training is something that every owner wants to achieve, but it doesn’t always come easy. Man’s best friend doesn’t think like you do and you can’t rely on conversations with your dog to make it understand what you want. The bottom line: Successful dog training will require you to be patient and consistent for as long as it takes.
Spending as much time with your dog as possible during training is very helpful. It’s the way you bond, learn its quirks and hold it to the right behaviors until they become routine. Just remember that successful dog training is not a seamless process. You should expect bumps along the way, and it may take longer than you thought, but you’ll get there if you stay committed and consistent.
The following post is an example of the kind of problem you might face during training:
Ask Paris: My Dog Doesn’t Want to Pee Outside!
My two-year-old Goldendoodle is reluctant to go in the backyard to do her business. I coax her to do so but she seems afraid to venture out unless I stay with her. Also even though she gets taken out twice a day to our dog park, she still doesn’t always indicate (bark or make other noises) that she has to go out when she needs to do more of her business. If I am not around to notice, she does it on the rug in the front parlor. I suspect it’s because the room is seldom occupied.
Give yourself an assist with the dog training process by using treats as a reward. Many dogs will respond to treats in ways they don’t respond to anything else. Taste and texture vary widely among dog treats; take the time to learn what your dog likes best. You want to motivate and reward it with something it loves. Maintaining the right attitude when training your dog will go a long way toward making the process more enjoyable in less time. Bear in mind that signs of irritation or frustration from you will make your dog feel stressed and negatively impact the training.
Also, it’s important to remember that the goal of training is not to turn your dog into a robot. You want your canine companion to be a good member of the household, but you don’t want it to lose its unique personality. You’ll need to let your dog be a dog and learn to just let some behaviors go. For more on this, read the following post, which takes a critical look at the idea of ‘the perfect dog’:
Is there such a thing as a perfect dog?
If I had to guess, I’d suppose that I spend more time Googling dog-related topics than the average person.
And it’s not just Google either: My YouTube and Instagram histories are full of all kinds of dog-related searches.
I love it, of course, because as this site proclaims, I am obsessed with dogs.
But, I gotta say… a disturbing trend is emerging.
So much stuff online, especially if there’s a product or service associated, is all about the “perfect dog.”
At the end of the day, it’s your love and dedication to the process that will get you the results you want. A dog that adores you will be the most cooperative during training because it wants to please you. Goldendoodles are ideal candidates for training for this reason — to go along with their impressive intelligence. They love to make their owners happy and receive praise.