When should I start training my dog?
Training with a dog: when, how long & how often?
When it comes to training, every owner thinks about when, how long and how often he should practice with his dog. That depends primarily on your dog, its age and condition, of course. You should try to include at least one small training session every day. Puppies are indeed very docile, but also get tired very quickly, after all, new impressions keep pounding on them. Here it can have been enough for the day after just a few minutes. With an adult and experienced dog, you can and should practice significantly longer, e.g. it can be an hour or more.
Take breaks again and again
It is important that the exercises do not degenerate into drill, but are repeatedly interrupted by breaks and play units. In this way, the dog is motivated again and again, does not lose the desire to practice and can simply let off pressure in between. Because practicing means pure tension and concentration for the four-legged friend, which tears on the nerves. So the best: an exercise, a short game, an exercise, a short cuddle break, etc. etc.
Stop when it is most beautiful
Also, make sure to finish the practice session while your dog is still enjoying it. It is actually true that one should stop when it is most beautiful: this guarantees that the dog will associate positive feelings with the training session.
Never play after eating
Another basic rule is: never train a dog that has just eaten. First, he shouldn't romp around after feeding, otherwise there is a risk of a stomach twist. Second, he is tired afterwards and probably doesn't feel like playing. And then you can forget about treats as a motivational tool. So you better wait until it is fresh and hungry.
A dog learns for a lifetime
When looking for the optimal time, it is easy to forget that the dog does not only learn during these special training hours, but every day, around the clock, throughout its life. If you want to achieve optimal results, then also pay attention to consistency and exemplary behavior outside of the training units ...
This is how you create a bond, get the puppy used to the rhythm of everyday life, and rescue dog, achieve success through playful learning
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