Today in St. Louis wants to highlight the furry friends in our life and help you enjoy them at their best.
Alexandra Corey went to a professional dog trainer with her dog Diesel to find out the easy tips any owner can use to bond better with their dog.
Richard Lykins, of Grateful Pets in Soulard, points out the most common mistakes people make when it comes to training.
Lykins says, "You know a lot of the things we do as humans we think are making sense to the dog, but really aren't. So, having some training, opening up those lines of communication, lines of training will help your bond with your dog."
Lykins says you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. It might take a little longer, but it's never too late.
One of the key points he makes when it comes to training is being consistent.
"Consistency is key with dog training, when we're inconsistent with our dogs it's very confusing to them," he said.
Also, making sure to react to good and bad behavior quickly.
"Watch your timing. You have a very short amount of time basically catching your dog in the act of doing something, good or bad, to reward him or correct him for it and that's it."
Finally, the most common thing Lykins sees with owners and their dogs.
"We don't put in the work with the training, but we expect it to work out in the real world when the distraction levels are very high. It's just not fair," he explained.
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