Just like a remote that has yet to be programmed, a dog needs training. Your dog already is capable of doing the most common commands, but it must be trained to follow instructions. Though dogs have an inner ability for training, someone needs to bring it out of them.
If you are crate training your dog, you need to show them that this is where they will sleep. At meal times always put their bowl of food inside the crate leaving the door open the whole time while they are eating. This will help them associate good food to the crate.
There are a few tricks you can try when attempting to crate train a puppy or dog. If the dog doesn’t want to go inside the crate, put a rawhide bone in there and shut the door. Your dog will want the bone and will be unable to resist entering the crate. Once in the crate, let them know they did a good job by praising them.
When training a puppy to use a crate it is important to take your time and start with only a few steps at a time. After they become used to each individual step and do not mind going inside the crate, try shutting the door and giving them treats with the door closed. In the beginning it is important to only leave the dog in the crate for a few seconds. After a while you will be able to leave them in the crate for longer amounts of time. If they start to fuss, you are going too fast.
The space you share with your pet should be calm and relaxed. During playtime allow your dog to be feisty, but teach him to remain calm when someone enters a room. When you ignore the dog on entry, they shouldn’t bother you about playing.
Make sure to give your puppy plenty of toys that are okay to chew, so that he isn’t tempted to chew other things that aren’t okay to chew. You need to replace that with a designated chew toy. If your puppy seems to be suffering a lot from teething, a frozen washcloth to chew on can give him some relief.
Hopefully you now feel more capable to train your dog after reading this article. Your dog will take pleasure in learning commands and will love to see you happy when he does something right.