Bringing home a new puppy is a joyful day. But as the weeks drag on, that excitement can turn into annoyance and frustration. Your frustrations will mount with each mess you clean up. However, you can get that initial joy back by properly training your dog. We can show you how to do this if you read this article.
Rewarding dogs properly and generously is the key to training. It is important that you provide the right amount of treats at the correct times. Dogs will not understand why you are rewarding them if you wait too long to do it.
The first thing to do when training a dog is to establish that you are in control. He needs to know that you are the authority before he will let you train him. Your dog should not walk ahead of you, because that indicates a position of leadership.
Don’t bother with shock collars. They could be detrimental to your dog and often cost a ton. Also, shock collars and like devices are just not nice things to use. These techniques don’t normally work.
As your dog gets better with training, you can start to give him or her more freedom. Maintaining a proper balance between obeying your commands and having some freedom will lead to a happier dog. Just be cautious not to give too much freedom at once, as this may have a counter effect on your dog training.
You indicate that jumping up is an unacceptable behavior by grabbing the dogs paws, squeezing gently and guiding them back down to the ground. As long as you gently squeeze their paws, you won’t cause harm to your dog. Instead, you’ll just give them an comfortable feeling. Eventually, they’ll quit jumping on other people because they’ll start associating jumping with this pinching.
The tone of your voice is an important part of successfully disciplining your dog. Dogs are often closely attuned to a trainer’s mindset and feelings. Sometimes a stern voice is necessary.
If you don’t monitor treat-style training rewards, your dog might become overweight. The calories in treats are often overlooked, but they should also be taken into consideration when planning your dog’s diet.
Introduce social places frequently and early to your dog. He needs to learn how to behave around both humans and other dogs. This is best taught early. This will help in reducing sporadic behavior when it comes to new environments, also.
Grooming is very important. Be sure to research any special grooming and hygiene requirements associated with the breed of your dog. While some dogs just need a few baths a year, other breeds have to be clipped and cleaned more frequently. A happy dog is a clean dog, so to train him, he must be groomed.
Your dog should enjoy being trained by you. Training sessions should be kept to 10-15 minutes maximum so your dog enjoys the full benefits of his attention span. When you give your dog rewards, make sure they are varied and as often as needed. Make sure to praise your dog when he does something right. If you make training sessions enjoyable for your dog, he is going derive pleasure from listening to you, as well.
It is important to work on the recall of your dog. Your dog must always return when called. Build this essential behavior in steps so your dog learns to obey despite distractions. Recall may one day save the life of your dog, so don’t overlook this training even if it is challenging and time-consuming.
Your dog may be engaged in destructive chewing due to anxiety. To keep her safe and occupied while you are away, give your dog an appropriate chew toy and put her in a safe enclosed space.
Many canine behaviors are instinctual, so provide appropriate outlets for each of your dog’s needs. Your dog requires a healthy diet, room to exercise, and plenty of activities and toys to keep him or her busy.
Make use of a crate when training your dog. For effective crate training, you should take your dog out of the crate regularly and consistently. Given time, a crate trained dog is much less likely to have accidents inside.
One of the key factors in successfully training a dog is the commitment to devote sufficient time to the practice and to stick with a consistent schedule. Dogs need both consistency and repetition to learn. Spending even a small bit of time with the dog can show it that you are reliable. Those two qualities are ‘leader of the pack’ qualities!
Puppy training requires equal parts of patience, love, and dog treats. The tips here will put your dog and you on a path to a rewarding relationship for years in the future. Success won’t happen right away, but if you are consistent, it will happen.