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In my job as a dog trainer it is very common that some people come to me asking for some advice. Something that I hear very often is a desperate person telling me “my dog is good at home, but in the street he turns to be a monster” or “my dog is very polite, but when visitors come he behaves badly”.
These people consider that their pets have a good education, except for one or two “buts”. They don’t know that for a good trained dog there can’t be any exceptions. The dog training is a complete thing that includes socialization, good manners, no biting, dominance, calm walks, and the tricks that we would like to teach our pets, like how to respond to its name or give us the foot, and what’s most important: the training of a dog never ends.
There are some people who think that when their pets come when they call them, sits, sleeps or dances; or when it sleeps in its own bed and brings the ball, its education is finished, and it’s good. That’s not true. A dog needs constant supervision, its always learning something new and at any time can learn a new habit that we’ll have to decide whether it’s good or not for our dog.
So, how to train correctly a dog? You never have to stop, that’s very important. When you see that it brings you a stick, that it doesn’t bark, or that it can walk with a lose leash, that it comes when you call it and gives you the feet, keep training your dog. If you stop doing that it could start behaving bad again.
The dog training is like life, keep going forward no matter what happens. There is always something new to learn, right? For dogs, it happens exactly the same. It is always good to strengthen its knowledge, its habits, and keep praising our dog every time it does something good. Never stop praising it, training it, and neither stop spending enough time to train it: your dog will be very thankful.
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