Many dogs end up in shelters because they don’t turn out the way their owners hoped they would, but this can often be avoided. Any dog can be happily trained when you do your research. It’s not difficult to train your dog once you know how. Use the tips below to get started.
When you verbally correct your dog, do it quickly and concisely. Don’t rant on and on about how bad your dog is. Just tell them no, and point them in the desired direction. Let your dog know that if you raise your voice they need to pay attention.
Always reward good, calm behavior. If your dog is responding to your commands and is not overly excited, give him a treat. You may feel great about it, but you don’t want to make the pup feel over-excited. You should stay calm and then give the reward.
Shock collars are not a good idea. They often don’t function as well as advertised and are far more expensive than conventional training methods. They aren’t engaging in positive reinforcement either. These techniques don’t normally work.
As training progresses, dogs can be given more freedom because they are more reliable. Balancing obedience and liberty make dogs feel very satisfied. Do not allow them freedom all at once, they might lose what they learned.
Dogs need routine, so feed your dog at the same time every day. This also helps with training. Once you’ve established a schedule, it will be easier to predict when your dog needs to go to the bathroom. When a dog has a schedule, they also learn the valuable skill of “holding it” until you take him for his next scheduled trip outside.
Don’t overdo your training sessions, keep them brief and interesting for best results. Dogs can only handle a short amount of training at a time, so don’t overdo it. The first few sessions especially should be kept under 10 minutes.
As soon as you get your puppy, the first thing to teach him/her is their name; this will help build a bond between animal and human. Call his name every time you do something or want him to do something. Teach him that he needs to run to you when his name is called. This is the first set of commands you should teach your new puppy. Spend a lot of time getting to know your pup, and building a loving relationship with him so he knows who to trust. Over time, the puppy will be able to learn more advanced training.
Avoiding accidents entirely is the best way to toilet train a dog. Try to recognize your dog’s body language and anticipate his need to go out. Pacing back and forth, snuffing and whining are some common signs. Don’t delay; bring them outside. Grab a leash and take your dog to a designated spot in your yard. Whenever your dog uses the restroom outside, reward him or her with lots of praise. Soon, he’ll get the picture that he can ask to go outside.
Identify a single word that you will use as a no-bark command. Any time the animal starts to bark, get its attention by showing him a tasty dog treat. Forcefully, speak the command until your pet ceases barking. Only give them the treat when they obey the command. Repetition will ensure the dogs learns that quiet is a good thing.
Use the dog’s name as much as you can to make sure it pays attention. Use his name more when he is a puppy. By the time he is grown, he will automatically give you his attention when you say his name. Select a name that is short and distinctive.
An effective training tool is to use different tones of voice for various commands or purposes. Each type of command should use a different type of tone. Always be firm when issuing a command. Corrections should be even sharper. Praise should be offered in your natural tone.
Introduce social places frequently and early to your dog. It’s important that your dog act appropriately around other people and dogs. You cannot teach this in any other way. This helps reduce unacceptable behavior in social environments.
Understand that your every action is teaching your dog and shaping his personality. Remember this if you are teasing your pet or playing with him since that can undo certain behaviors you have worked on. You never want to work backwards, so show your dog positive things and you will get positive results.
It is not outside the realms of possibilities to be the proud owner of a well-adjusted and perfectly trained dog. Train your pet often, but also shower him with affection, and you can meet his needs. The provided steps can help you do this and give you a lovable dog that you will be proud to have.