10 Most Common Dog Training Mistakes


Your dog jumps on the sofa even though he’s not allowed to? He keeps begging at the table or gets distracted by cyclists during the walk instead of listening to you? These are typical problems that arise from mistakes in upbringing.

Dog training is not always easy. Even if we always try to do everything right, the dream of a perfectly trained dog often remains unfulfilled. Once the dog has gotten used to the wrong behavior, it takes a lot of training and patience to correct the mistake in upbringing.

We have summarized the most common dog training mistakes for you and will tell you how you can do better in the future.

Parenting Mistake 1: Humanize the dog

In most cases, the dog is not only a constant companion of humans but also a permanent family member. Sometimes dog owners, therefore, tend to humanize the dog and thus assume human behavior.

However, the animal seldom consciously acts good or bad but only pursues its simple needs. People and animals speak fundamentally different languages, but you can learn to understand your dog betterwith the proper training.

Parenting Mistake 2: Being inconsistent

Consistency is the top priority when training a dog. Once rules have been set, you must follow them. Because even if it is sometimes difficult to refuse something from the dog: Even one exception can make the dog doubt what it has learned before.

To avoid misunderstandings, show perseverance when training your dog!

Parenting mistake 3: Too little contact with other animals

A lack of socialization of the dog as a puppy often leads to problems later. Conspecifics or other animal species may then trigger fears in the four-legged friend. It is, therefore, crucial that your animal is socialized with as many animals as possible during the socialization phase (around four weeks of age).

The positive experiences that the puppy makes usually last a lifetime. On the other hand, if bad experiences have become established in older dogs, it takes a long time to train to take away the fear of other animals again.

Parenting Mistake #4: Tolerating Bad Puppy Behavior

Young dogs are still inexperienced, but you shouldn’t allow clumsy puppies everything. The adjustment phase must not be an excuse for wrong behavior. Here, too, you should be consistent and react quickly to incorrect behavior to avoid later mistakes in parenting.

Parenting Mistake 5: Rewarding Wrong Behavior

Dog training works mainly by rewarding the dog. The reward must immediately follow the correct behavior, so the dog can correctly associate what happened. But it can also happen that you accidentally reward the dog for the wrong behavior.

For example, when the dog jumps up, it is often unconsciously rewarded by being stroked. This is cute as a puppy but becomes problematic in the adult dog. Therefore, always pay close attention to your gestures and body language when dealing with the dog.

Parenting Mistake 6: Being rude to the dog

In general, you should not punish the dog but reward it for good behavior because it learns the correct behavior primarily through positive experiences. You can’t achieve anything with violence, no matter what form it takes. Rough handling destroys the bond between humans and dogs and usually leads to an aggravation of behavior problems.

Parenting Mistake 7: Letting the dog pull on the leash

Pulling on the leash is a well-known problem among dog owners. Unfortunately, this is also learned behavior. If you let the dog pull on the leash, you reward him with his behavior and signal that he will get to his goal faster this way.

Stop or change direction if the dog pulls on the leash again. You move on only when there is no more tension on the line. In this way, you make it clear to your dog that he will not get any further by pulling.

Parenting Mistake 8: Responding to Begging

Even if your dog tries to persuade you with his cute puppy eyes, don’t give in to the dog’s begging at the table. Unfortunately, believing that the dog will calm down after a little while is wrong. He’ll try to grab another bite instead.

So be consistent when eating and ignore the dog’s begging.

Parenting mistake 9: overtaxing the dog when it comes to parenting

Mistakes are always part of learning, and you can work on them. However, if you exercise your dog and find that he cannot master it, simplify the exercise and then try again. Learn with your dog in small steps – so there is more success for both of you.

Parenting Mistake 10: Not exercising the dog enough

Too little utilization of the dog can also be a cause of incorrect behavior. If the dog is not occupied enough or does not get enough exercise, it may live out its hunting instinct at home or even react aggressively.

Just going for a walk is often not enough: run and romp with your dog regularly. Challenge your dog mentally with various exercises and games to have fun together.