Dog training at all times should be fun for both dog and owner. In order to minimize failure and maximize success, there are some thing that should be avoided when owners start to train their dog.
MISTAKE #1: Starting off with the fancy stuff
a. BETTER CHOICE: FOR STARTERS GO WITH THE Easy exercises
b. Two benefits – only one effort
MISTAKE # 2: Too many distractions around
While having some yummy treats ready is your advantage, it may still be difficult to catch the attention of a young puppy – especially a Bull Terrier puppy – for longer than a few seconds. One reason could be that there are just too many interesting and distracting things around. Try to start your training in a very familiar environment, such as your own living room and remove toys and other distractions. Moving on to an environment with more distractions is the next level in dog training, once your dog is performing a certain exercise reliably in a calm environment. Many owners first learn that exercises that worked perfect in their living room do not work at all outside. The reason are the distractions. Learning to focus on you is part of the training process of your dog and needs some time.
MISTAKE # 3: Using the wrong treats
The more distractions around, the more interesting and motivating you need to to be as the trainer to top them and catch your dog’s attention. While it is ok to use one ore the other piece of kibble to reward your dog for behaving well around the house, for a training session with certain goals to accomplish, you may need some more attractive treats to keep your dog interested in working for them.
MISTAKE # 4: Using too big or too many treats
Your dog has very sensitive taste buds. And just because your Bull Terrier is no Chihuahua that does not mean she always needs five treats at once instead of one. Treats add to the daily calorie amount of your dog. You don’t want to stuff her. The treats are an appreciation. In times with a lot of training it may be wise to subtract the calorie amount of treats given from the daily food intake or compensate for the additional calories by some more exercise. The treats used for training can and should be very tiny (and grain-free!). The size of your smallest fingertip is sufficient. If possible they should be low-cal. But sometimes it just has to be a piece of cheese to be convincing. You’ll find the right ratio. The amount of treats given can be used to point our your level of satisfaction with the performance of your dog. The regular reward is ONE treat. If your dog does something extra special, like finally mastering the entire task, feeding several (2-3) treats in a row shows your dog that she did extra good. Do not feed the treats all together, your dog notices the “more” better when given one after another and got gobbled down in bulk.
Treats you can use for your training for example are “Pet Botanics Training Rewards Treats”