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Common Training Mistakes Dog Owners Make

Dog training can be the most rewarding – and frustrating – undertaking for a new pet owner, especially when a young dog is involved.  Watching your dog master a command for the first time is an incredible moment; while other instances may make you feel like you are spinning your wheels.  Before you blame your dog for being stubborn consider whether you are making any of the following common training mistakes. Poor Timing Timing is crucial when training a dog, both for reward and punishment.  When your dog does the correct behavior, such as sitting when you ask for the “sit” command, your dog should be rewarded immediately.  Any delay in giving your dog positive praise will teach your pet that there is no incentive to follow directions.  Similarly, punishing your dog long after a bad behavior has occurred, such as yelling at your pup when you find an accident...
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