When it comes to training your pup, consistency is essential. Tolerating their bad habits will only make the situation worse, and it’ll be harder for you to correct them so make sure that you talk what you preach. Try seeking out a professional trainer to help you out if you have difficulties in managing your bloodhound’s behavior.
One of the first things you need to teach your pet is reward reinforcement. This method of training hinges on your dog’s natural desire to please. In essence, you train your dog to repeat desired behaviors by rewarding him for doing them. For example, if you want your dog to sit, you just don’t command it; you must teach him what the command means and then reward him each time he responds to the command appropriately.
Reward reinforcement training is one of the most popular and effective dog training methods. Another thing you can do is by using a clicker. This type of training is a version of reward reinforcement training and it is also highly popular. The key to success with reward reinforcement training lies in helping your dog identify the desired behavior and that is where the clicker comes in.
You go through the normal process of training, giving your dog a command and guiding him to perform the desired behavior. Then, as soon as he displays the behavior you click the clicker and immediately issue a reward; this helps your pet to learn more quickly which behavior it is that you desire. However, you should only use the clicker during the first few repetitions of a training sequence until your dog learns what the desired behavior is because you don’t want him to become dependent on the clicker to perform that behavior.
When it comes to punishment, it can also be a type of training but obviously is the opposite of reward reinforcement training. Rather than rewarding your dog for performing desired behaviors, you punish him for performing unwanted behaviors. The punishment used doesn’t have to be violent or cruel – and it shouldn’t be! But from time to time, you can do simple punishments such as withdrawing your attention to teach your dog to stop whining. Give your dog the opposite of what he wants to curb out the negative behavior in question. This type of training is more effective as a method for curbing negative behaviors than for teaching positive behaviors.