If you want to train your dog to its full potential, not only will you have to do it while their young but you also have to know about their background and why they act, or will act as they do for effective dog training sessions.
Their origins – if you take a look closely, wolves are the closest animal that resembles your pups. They are not so distant relatives which makes you think twice about why you chose an animal with sharp teeth that can isolate and kill a larger animal than their size. But your pet is domesticated a long time ago and their wild traits were eliminated or dampened. Although their animalistic traits remain, it’s not that surprising they are loyal to their master, they were taught to do so and so that trait remained within them. Still if your mutt misbehaves then it’s because they have this past wild self roaming inside of them.
Associated memory and regular memory – your doggie might have a short retention span than most animal, like you can tell them something today and will forget it tomorrow, but they have longer associated memory. This means that if your canine friend can associate something to an act you want them to do; they won’t forget it, at all. That is why the trick of associating a bell to their dinner works. They associate a bell ring to having dinner that in the end each time you ring the bell they drool in anticipation. So when training your pet, associate it with something, a treat would be nice.
Doggy language – if you noticed, most trainers don’t actually talk to their dogs in long sentences. The commands are most of the time just “sit”, “stand”, “play dead”, “catch”, “fetch”, simple commands that a dog can associate with something and will comply to. It easier to understand actually, an example would be how you will describe or instruct a foreigner to a certain place even though you have a language barrier. You get the point.
Teaching pups – the best age to teach a dog is during their young puppy days. They will be quite lenient and loyal to their master. Like all babies they need to be taught what to do and what is supposed to be normal, that is why you will be able to mold not only their minds but their character as well.
Overall, you need to remember that training your dog is already something worth praising; this only means that you are a doggy lover and would do a lot to make sure that they behave and act as well domesticated animals than as wild wolves. These lovely canines will and always would be man’s best friend.