- "My dog is too dumb to train."
- "My dog ignores me."
- "My dog is too hyper to train."
Many people are under the impression housetraining a dog is difficult. While it is true certain breeds can be a bit of a challenge, the ugly truth is most dog owners have problems with housetraining because they sabotage themselves. If you are having problems with your pup, make sure one or more of the following problems is not the cause. Not Being Consistent A dog is only going to take to training if they receive a consistent message regarding how to conduct themselves. Makes sense, right? Then why do so many dog owners violate this rule? Let's be clear. You are taking the wrong approach if you think dog training happens during a particular time of the day. Teaching a dog not to jump on people for 30 minutes is great, but it is going to be useless if you then allow the pup to jump up on the kids a couple of hours later. For a lesson to take, it needs to be consistently given. If it is not, the dog is not going to learn anything. To this end, it is critical that the entire family be involved in the training. If mom trains the pup, but dad and the kids don't make the same effort, problems are going to arise and the training is going to have little if any effect. At best, the dog will learn to be obedient when in the presence of mom, but will still go wild when she isn't around. This is not a recipe for success. Know Your Breed Most modern dog breeds were created with a specific purpose in mind. This means they naturally display certain characteristics. Ideally, you should know these characteristics prior to purchasing a pup. You can rest assured they will show themselves when you start trying to train the dog. Have you ever said any of the following?