Your hunting dog can determine the difference between a good day of hunting and a terrible day. This article will go into depth with different training techniques that you can use in order to be sure that both you and your dog are ready for the next big hunting trip.
The best tip anyone can offer with regards to dog training is be the alpha. Dogs are looking for their human masters to be the pack leader. At all expense display confidence, firmness, and do not, under any circumstances show them weakness. They naturally want to follow a strong leader, so make sure that you present yourself as such.
Just because your dog is obeying you, do not assume that they are done learning. Your dog is always learning. Never stop reinforcing good behavior. This is especially important if you move. A new surrounding can be very distracting for a dog. You might have to reteach them a great deal.
Make sure you remain controlled when rewarding your dog. When the dog correctly follows your commands, you can certainly give a reward. While you may be overjoyed with headway you are making, showing excitement causes the dog to become excited and makes you lose control. Stay calm and expect the same from your puppy.
Negative methods of training your dog don’t work. Just as with humans, positive reinforcement of behaviors is much more effective. Use praise, treats and play time to show your dog that you are pleased with their performance. If he cannot do what you are asking him, do not punish him or yell at him. He will associate trying to do the task with negativity and will avoid the task even harder the next time.
Prepare to administer lessons to your dog repeatedly. Most dogs will not pick up a new command with just one or two tries. Sometimes it is helpful to focus on one or two commands a day so that through your sessions you are repeating enough times to fix the commands solidly in your dog’s memory.
Always keep fresh water available to your dog when he is being trained using a crate. One way to do this without making a mess is to furnish the crate with a rabbit water bottle. Just attach it to the outside of the crate with the tip sticking inside. Your dog will quickly learn to drink from it.
Teaching a dog how to roll over isn’t too hard with a few treats in your hand. The first step is to get the dog to lay down. Next, hold the treat close to the floor on one side of the dog’s head, and slowly bringing it upwards and over to the dog’s other side. He will follow the treat by rolling over. As he rolls over say out loud, “roll over.” Repeat this until he rolls over with the command alone. It will take some work, but keep on trying!
In conclusion, it is extremely important that your hunting dog is trained correctly before taking it out on a hunting trip. You also need to be prepared for what to expect and how to react. Hopefully the tips provided in this article provide the tools that you can use for success.