Training a new dog can be a stressful endeavor. But, you must train your dog, in order for them, your belongings, and others to be safe. You need to always use positive reinforcement to train your pet. When training your dog, you need to be both patient and consistent. Set aside time each day to spend training your pet, usually 20 to 30 minutes in length is best, because that is the amount of time that they are most receptive. The more you push them, the more frustrated they’ll become.
Here are a few ways to make crate training more positive for your dog. If your puppy doesn’t like being in his crate, put a dog treat or chew bone in it and close the door to keep him out. This will make the puppy want to be let inside the crate to get the bone. Praise your dog once he gets into the crate.
Positive reinforcement is important when training your dog. Giving them treats at the proper time and with the proper amount is crucial. If you don’t do it at the correct time, the dog may become confused about the reward.
If you intend to use a crate in training your dog, make sure the crate is an appropriate size for your dog. Don’t forget that puppies get bigger. Select a crate that is large enough for them to fit in when they are older. There should be ample room for the dog to lie down and turn comfortably.
The first thing to do when training a dog is to establish that you are in control. You have to show your dog that you are in control or he will not obey or respect you. Don’t let your dog control the direction or pace of your walks.
Training your dog to start rolling over is easy, but be sure to have some treats. Start by commanding the animal to lie down. Then hold the treat at the side of the dog’s head and move it around it’s face to the other side. His nose will follow the treat, naturally making him roll over. As he is rolling over say, “roll over” and praise them immediately when they do. Have patience since your dog may not get the trick quickly. However, once he does, he’ll be the center of attention at the dog park.
When giving commands to your body, your tone and volume level should remain the same. An authoritarian tone informs your dog he is expected to obey. You should also work on developing different tones to use in different situations. For example, you can have a sharp one for disciplinary purposes, and a firm, but not-as-sharp one for simple commands.
When your dog jumps on you, take its paws in your hands and lightly squeeze them to let it know that jumping on people is not an acceptable behavior. It is uncomfortable but a non-painful experience for the dog. After a while, they’ll stop jumping due to this uncomfortable feeling.
When training your dog, always remember to have fun. Your dog will bond with you the more fun you have together, and this helps the dog give a positive response. While training can be fun, try having play time with your dog every day for a period of time.
By following these tips, you are sure to find canine training less overwhelming. You will have a better-behaved dog and a happier, healthier home. When you use the training techniques we have listed, are patient and consistent, your puppy training will be easier.