By Joel Monroe &
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A dog's obedience is 99% a result
of the owner/handler and 1% a result of the dog. A dog will only
do what it is allowed and taught to do. Many house pet owners become
frustrated with their dogs when it comes to obedience training and
problem solving, yet they do not realize they are actually the ones
making the mistake. Here is a countdown of the top 10 most common
mistakes made by dog owners.
10. The owner somehow believes the
dog naturally understands English (or any other language spoken
by the owner).
9. The owner asks and takes advice
from other pet owners who have no idea about dog training.
8. The owner repeats a command several
7. The owner yells louder believing
a dog will then understand much clearer, especially if the dog is
not looking directly at the owner.
6. The owner bends down closer to
the dog's ears to yell even louder believing that will really get
the dog's attention.
5. The owner allows the dog to ignore
4. The owner praises the dog even
though it has just ignored a command.
3. The owner does not practice with
the dog outside of class time.
2. The owner lacks patience and expects
the dog to instantly be the perfect house pet.
1. The owner does not follow the
exact directions and instructions given by the trainer.
As unbelievable as it may sound, yes,
the #1 training mistake is that the owner does not follow the exact
directions and instructions given by the trainer. Plus, it is often
done intentionally! The reasons include everything from stubbornness
to laziness to attempting their own "shortcuts". Then
they wonder why their dog is not obeying perfectly.
Remember, it is not
"practice makes perfect". It is "perfect practice