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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How Dogs Learn

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?  Or, is it that you can only teach a new dog old tricks?

The answer is that it doesn't matter the age of the dog or really what you are trying to teach him.  Dogs learn in a very specific way and if you are willing and able to follow the process, you will have a trained dog.

First, dogs learn through consistency.  Whatever you are trying to teach Rover, you must perform it in the exact manner every time.  For example, if you are teaching Rover to walk, always walk him on the same side of you.  Make sure that everyone else in the family who is walking Rover is walking him on the same side.  This simplifies and streamlines the learning process by removing unneeded variables in the training.

Next, dogs learn through repetition.  You must practice with Rover between fifteen and thirty minutes every day to reinforce the action you are trying to teach.  Think of when we were learning our "times tables".  We would practice every day with our flip cards until we always knew that "eight times eight is sixty-four".

Finally, you have to understand that Rover is ready and willing to learn, just not at lightning speed.  We humans like to rush things, jump ahead, and fill in the blanks later.  If we teach Rover slowly and patiently, we will succeed in our training.  For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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