If you’ve just started learning about training your dog, you need all the help you can get. The following advice can help start you and your dog get on the right path.
When you do give your dog correction verbally, make those corrections short, sharp and to the point. Don’t scream and yell and throw a fit. Say no and let them know what you would rather have them do. Additionally, you can raise the tone of your voice for emphasis.
Keep your dog active. Dogs can get bored very easily. If your dog is not receiving enough mental stimulation, it may not respond well to training. Your dog is going to be a lot more attentive when it has received enough exercise. Take your dog on long walks or runs.
It may take several times for your dog to learn new commands. It isn’t uncommon for 25-50 repetitions of this same command to be used for the dog to understand it. Just remember to keep trying and be patient. Eventually, your dog will learn.
Never reinforce your dog’s bad behaviors. Don’t give praise or treats to your dog if it does something wrong. If you wish to keep your dog from begging for table scraps, don’t encourage him by slipping him a morsel one night or allowing others to do so.
Teaching dogs to roll over can be easy, provided some treats are on hand. The first step is to get the dog to lay down. Next, hold the treat close to the floor near its head, and bring it up over the dog’s head as you place it on the other side. He will naturally use his nose to follow the treat, thus rolling over his whole body. Say “roll over” as you perform the maneuver. Put your frustration aside and he’ll be performing this trick all over the place in no time.
When you are approaching an unfamiliar dog, be sure to approach slowly and offer the dog the back of your hand to sniff. He’ll learn your scent and begin to have trust. After he knows you and your scent, it is easier to command him.
Call for your dog the same way every time. Start commands with their name all the time. You can get their attention by doing this and then use the command. Your dog will notice their name and they will see that you want their attention.
Keep tabs on the number of treats you give to your dog as a reward in order to avoid making him gain weight. Many people do not factor in treats when they are tabulating a pet’s diet, but they do add up, particularly while you are training.
In order to train a puppy to a leash, you must first place a collar around its neck during play. Ensuring your puppy is comfortable wearing his or her collar is important for a couple of reasons. First, this helps you use the leash properly. Second, it ensures that your puppy can be identified in case the leash gets taken off.
Consistency makes it easier to teach your dog how to control himself. Take your dog outside every hour to help teach him this is where you want him to use the bathroom. When he does use the bathroom outdoors, give him lots of praise. Don’t punish your dog for eliminating inside the house. He does not understand what he did and your yelling will not teach him anything. Instead, give the pet every chance to succeed by taking it outside as soon as you remove it from the crate and roughly 15 minutes after it eats or drinks.
Training your dog, as you have read, is not rocket science. With these tips, you can approach canine training with a little experience under your belt.