There is no doubt about it; dogs are great. If you’ve got one and wish to get another, that’s great! Of course proper training is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with your dog. Your pet will understand how it is expected to behave, and you will feel confident in that fact, so that you can trust your pet when you are home with it or out at work. You and your pet can have a fantastic friendship if you apply the following tips.
You need to establish regular feeding routines for your dog. Your dog should be fed at the same time everyday and they should only have a certain amount of time to eat. By doing this, your dog will eventually learn to finish their food in one sitting, making feeding a little easier on you.
Make sure that you set a calm tone whenever you set foot in a room where your dog is. It is okay to have play time, but when you enter a room your dog should be calm. Try to ignore your dog when your first enter the room because this will help to keep them calm and reinforce that you are in control.
Only reward your dog if they are calm. When the dog correctly follows your commands, you can certainly give a reward. While you might be happy with this accomplishment, your excitement plus theirs can cause this situation to get out of control. Be calm, expect calm, then reward appropriately.
Dogs have great focus and can focus on one thing, ignoring everything else, until something breaks their attention. When a command is reinforced properly and often enough, your dog will begin to shift his focus from the distractions around to you in order to wait for your signal.
You must begin your relationship with the dog as the boss for any training to be effective. Your dog must see you as a leader, or they will not follow your commands. Avoid allowing your dog to lead you during walks. Instead, walk in front of your dog to show that you are the leader of this pack.
If you approach a dog you do not know, do so slowly. Let the dog sniff the back or top of your extended hand. This gives a dog a chance to become familiar with your personal scent, which engenders trust. Once a dog is used to your scent, it will trust you and obey your orders.
Be cognitive of the duration of time you and your dog devote to training sessions. Spending too long on training exercises will start to bore the dog. Start off with individual training periods of no more than 10 minutes.
Keep training sessions short. Because dogs do not have a long attention span, short lessons will keep them from getting bored. If you want to have a full day of training, then ensure you provide your dog with plenty of breaks so that they can relax for a little while before they continue their training regimen.
In order to have a great dog, you need to learn control and firmness. However, this doesn’t mean constantly yelling at your dog. Instead, find some balance between being firm and being loving. This will help develop a strong bond during your training session.
The tips you just read should help you establish a successful relationship with your pet. Apply the information that fits your circumstances. If you are not already attached to your dog, you soon will be. Training is necessary for a good dog. Be certain to train your pet well. Congratulations on your new furry friend.