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Training Your Dog To Learn By Repetition

Repetition is one of the ways to train a young child to do things consistently in a certain manner. Dogs learn through so many ways; they learn by association.

They learn by consistency but all these would not be achievable if you don’t let them learn by repetition.

Training a dog by association requires constant repetition of the act and instruction to make them learn to associate it with the act in question. Most people may find training a dog difficult especially if they do not have the time to spend with it.

Dogs learn better when they are younger, that is, as puppies.

According to scientists for a dog to learn by repetition, you will need to repeat the act between thirty to sixty times. Others have differing numbers and claim it take between a hundred to two hundred repetitive acts and instructions for the dog to totally how to relate the action and instruction. 

These numbers could all be true especially considering some dogs to learn faster than others.

Whichever number it takes would obviously depend on how willing you are to take time every day to remind the dog of the action and related instruction.

Chances are if you instruct your dog ‘sit’ as it places its behind on the ground, you might have to repeat it severally on the same day and the next and the next so that it can remember. If you do it once weekly, probably by the next training session, the dog would have forgotten how the instruction and its related act.

Good thing is no one is born a dog trainer, the same way no dog is born well trained. It only takes attitude and patience.


You should also ensure training sessions are as interesting as possible. The more interesting your sessions are, the better for you and your dog.

It is also very important for you to realise that once trained it is very difficult to ‘untrain’ a dog. This is especially when dealing with emotions.

Take time to take your dog through all the learning stages. As I mentioned earlier, repetition is a very important stage in dog training but it works in tandem with other training techniques.

Training a dog starts with association, consistency and lastly repetition which will continue for as long as is necessary to reinforce the relationship between instruction and act to the dog.

In conclusion, always remember that before training your dog, you will need to understand your dog perfectly and especially how it’s mind works. You also be ready to set aside adequate amount of time to ensure successful training.