There are many dog training methods and the simple fact is, they are not the same. As a dog owner practice and be persistent. Do not give up on training because your pet seems to take longer to learn certain concepts, continue training and you will reap the benefits in the end. Before you embark on training your dog, it is vital that you take your training goals into consideration. For example, do you want a predictable pet that learns only a handful of behaviors or a performance dog that needs an entire arsenal of commands. Before you choose a training method, you should consider the following questions:
Things to consider
How many behaviors does the dog need to learn?
In any behavior that you teach, you must also teach the concepts that need to be applied to different behaviors.
How fast do you need to train your dog your preferred behaviors?
Some methods work faster and are ideal for beginners, however, they get the same outcome. Other dog training methods start slow but are more efficient in the long run by making the dog more competent.
How precise are these behaviors?
Some methods work best with precision, others with less defined behaviors.
How skilled are you as a trainer?
Some methods are good for you if you’re a novice but there are others that require more difficult concepts and comprehension.
Are you interested in training your dog?
Some methods need more knowledge, meaning that you must take time to learn and research.
Is your dog experienced in a specific method?
If your dog is familiar with a particular method, he/she will learn new behaviors taught with that method at a faster rate.
Do you want your dog to respond to well-rehearsed cues or think on its feet?
Some methods teach the dog to wait for orders. In others, the dog must react fast on what needs to be done.