Undesirable traits such as excessive barking, rowdiness and growling can be changed. Even if they don’t disappear completely these behaviors can be ameliorated by using the tips contained herein. Any dog can be the perfect pet when trained properly.
You need to adhere to a specific feeding routine for your dog. Feed your dog at the same time everyday and giving your dog fifteen minutes to eat will help your dog remember when it is time to eat. Before long, your dog will learn to eat more quickly and efficiently.
Practice patience when you are training your dog. This will reduce anger, stress and tension when you train your dog. It takes time for your dog to learn what is expected from him. Understand that your dog wants your approval and is doing his best to earn it.
Start training with something simple. Smaller, more easily learned behaviors are more likely to produce timely successes and a solid foundation for future training efforts. This helps you get better results.
Among the initial commands a dog should learn is “leave it,” which instructs the dog to drop whatever it has and step away from it. Teaching them to “leave it” will stop them from destructive chewing and coming in contact with something that could potentially hurt them.
Limit the duration of training sessions. Spending too much time just on one aspect of training will bore your dog and waste your efforts. Keep the lessons down to about 10 minutes or so.
Every day, try to allow your pet to have an hour or so of exercise. This is on top of regular training lessons and restroom breaks. Your training will be easier and more effective if your dog gets good daily exercise. If your pet can exercise regularly and be active, he will be far more happy and responsive.
Primary reinforcement is good to use when training your dog. Primary reinforcement is a positive reinforcement training strategy that relies heavily on things your dog already enjoys. This includes treats and rubbing their belly. The best rewards are things your dog already likes and wants.
Be consistent when training your dog. If more than one family member is training your pet, make sure they all you the same commands, rewards and discipline. When a dog only associates one word with each action, it is easier on him.
When using a leash on your dog, ensure the leash remains loose. When dogs are going for a walk, they will often want to check out new territory. Eager dogs will begin to put some strain on their leashes. Some owners do not encourage this behavior and instead, allow some slack on the leash.
Even if it’s hard for you, you should keep calm around your dog. Your dog is not human and doesn’t know English. He will pick up physical gestures, and this is how he will learn from you. Remain calm and take a break when you become too frustrated during training sessions.
Training your dog intimidates many owners; but, it is actually very easy. Armed with education, patience and the right philosophy, puppy training is eminently feasible. Most dogs respond well to good training and will thrive under the direction of their owner.