Show dogs or home dogs, all need the right training. Learn more by reading below how to train a dog properly.
Be sure that your canine is consuming a healthy diet. Eating a poor diet will negatively affect your dog in many ways. Not only is it unhealthy, it can affect the way they behave. Something as easy as proper nutrition can make a dog more obedient.
The first rule to remember when you begin to house train your puppy is that what you feed them will eventually come out the other end. Make sure that you feed your dog at least three times per day with good food. This will help you figure out when the best time is to take your dog out and avoid accidents.
Be careful not to reward bad behaviors without realizing it. In other words, you must avoid showering your pet with treats or rewards in response to performing some unwanted behavior. Don’t scratch the dogs back, give it a snack or reward it in any way if it jumps, barks or does anything you don’t approve of.
Teaching any dog how to roll over can be pretty easy. Make sure you’ve got a few tasty treats handy before beginning. The first step is to teach your dog to lay. Then, position a treat near the floor to one side of him, raise it up and move it over to the opposite side. This will cause your dog to use their nose to follow the treat. As a result, your dog will roll over. Whenever you dog does roll over, actually say the words, “roll over.” Continue to do this until your dog actually rolls over whenever you say the words without using the treat. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a few tries, once he learns this trick he’ll be the star of the dog park!
Let any dog you approach sniff your hand first so he can smell you. This gives a dog a chance to become familiar with your personal scent, which engenders trust. Once a dog recognizes your particular scent, he will be unafraid and willing to obey.
A consistent schedule of feeding and potty-time is very important when house training your dog. This will give you the opportunity to understand when your dog needs to go to the bathroom. Conversely, this also teaches your dog that he may need to wait to go to the bathroom.
“Leave it” is an important command to teach, starting when you bring your dog home. This can help get your dog to stop chomping on your belongings and help keep them safe from hazardous materials.
Make sure your dog understand he does not need to respond to the word “no”. Instead, use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors and gloss past the results that are not what you want. Simply saying “no” is not enough to help dogs understand how they should behave. Not only is each situation different, every breed of dog is also different. Therefore, you should adjust your training based off your dog’s breed and the specific situation at hand.
To ensure your dog’s good behavior, keep up its training throughout its life. Your dog doesn’t stop learning just because it’s no longer a puppy. By continually reinforcing obedient behaviors and disciplining negative behaviors, you will have a dog that behaves appropriately.
In order to decrease barking, stay around the offending item. It may be a noise, or seeing other animals or people. Once the dog is acclimated, he’ll begin to see there is not reason to bark.
Do not wear out your new puppy with an excessive training regiment. Puppies can’t pay attention for too long and are not very good at focusing on something for long periods of time, so limit the duration of training sessions. He’ll likely forget everything you taught him if you do too much at once. He will also look at training as a negative experience and it will be harder next time.
Spray your dog with water when it does something you don’t like. This helps the dog learn which behaviors are not acceptable. Then your dog will no longer do actions that you don’t like.
In order to encourage good behavior during training, praise is critical. Smile at your dog and give them treats to reinforce good behavior. Do not reward bad behavior; instead correct unwanted behaviors and praise when your dog responds correctly.
It’s important your dog always has an understanding of right from wrong. This means that every member of the family must be willing to enforce these boundaries. Anytime someone else deviates from what you are teaching, your efforts are less effective.
If you can read your dog’s unique behaviors and traits, you can readily avoid indoor accidents. Lots of dogs follow certain patterns whenever they need to go. When you are clearly attuned to these signals, you should demonstrate the appropriate course of action by immediately leading him to the designated area. Familiarize yourself with the dog’s routines and habits to make the process easier.
Consistency is key with training your dog. Being consistent applies to the words you use for the commands you are looking for the dog to obey, to the tone you use with the words, and to the rewards you are providing for the dog if they successfully complete the command you are teaching them.
Basically, you are invested in your show dog’s success. Whether your dog is a mutt or an AKC masterpiece, everything you’ve just read will allow you develop his skills and personality more fully. While no one method is right for every one, something here should help you in your training efforts.