When thinking about dog training, think of your dog as a remote that has to be programmed in order for it to work properly. With your help, he will learn what is expected of him and behave in an appropriate manner. The potential is already within your dog, you just have to use the tips below to bring it out.
Your dog’s diet plays a huge role in their training and establishing a definitive feeding routine is important. Your dog will begin to recognize there is a routine if you regularly remove the food bowl 10 or 15 minutes after you put it down. Soon your dog will be finished with the meal before you are ready to remove the dish.
Give your puppy his own toys that he can chew to remove pain due to teething, and keep him away from chewing other items. You need to replace that with a designated chew toy. If the puppy is suffering any pain from teething, freeze a wet washcloth for him or her to chew on.
When you buy a crate, ensure it is the correct size. Your little puppy will get bigger, remember! Choose a crate that is sure to fit them suitably when they hit adult size. Your dog should have ample space to turn around inside the crate, as well as lay comfortably.
It is important to leash-train your dog. This will ensure both his safety and yours when you take him on walks.
In order to prevent your dog from jumping on you, grab its paws anytime he jumps on you and gently squeeze them to inform them that this isn’t acceptable behavior. It is uncomfortable to them when you squeeze gently, and they learn not to repeat the behavior. If you do this, they will not jump up on your or visitors any longer because they will think about you squeezing their paws.
Teach your dog not to bark with a simple command. When your dog barks, show them a treat and repeat the order, for instance, ‘be quiet’ until it stops barking. You could give your dog treats. If you do this long enough, it will surely be able to associate having treats to it being quiet.
Control your tone of voice when reinforcing your dog’s behavior, whether positive or negative. Dogs are very empathic to their trainer’s emotions. Use a stern voice when you are correcting your dog.
The best way to teach a dog good behavior is to never let poor behavior take hold. It is much easier to get a dog to learn the right way rather than making it unlearn its bad habits. For instance, a dog that is never fed table scraps is less likely to beg at the table.
Whenever you go for walk with your dog, keep your eyes peeled for other dogs. You need to be well aware of any dogs that seem aggressive. If you come across a dog that seems aggressive avoid it.
Praise is key to reinforcing good behavior during training. Smile often and keep treats handy to ensure that the positive reinforcement is quick and consistent. Having these same reactions to bad behavior will teach your dog that whatever they are doing is okay.
Good dog grooming habits can assist you in training your dog. A lot of dogs won’t need much grooming, while others may need frequent groomings. Grooming helps your dog stay clean and happy, reducing the chances of getting a disease.
It is possible to teach your pup to wait to eliminate, if you are consistent in your training. If at home, be sure to spend some time with him and bring him outside every 50 minutes. When he goes potty outside, tell him he did good. If your dog has an accident in the home, do not scold him. He won’t know what he did wrong and will learn nothing. Make it a rule that fifteen minutes after the dog eats or drinks, he is taken out for a walk. As well, he should be taken out each time he is let out of the crate.
Even though it may not be easy, you should always be patient with your dog. Your dog doesn’t understand English, and they’re not a person. He will pick up on gestures and tones you give off rather than what you are actually saying. Stay calm, step back and take a breather when you become frustrated.
You can’t stop your dog from being a dog, so make sure to give him proper ways to act like a dog. Dogs need an appropriate diet, a place to run out their energy and lots of ways to keep busy.
Now that you have a few strategies for training your dog, it’s all about properly applying them. The dog will enjoy pleasing the owner as much as the owner enjoys seeing the dog responding to the training they are administering.