Dogs may be man’s best friend, but some days will leave you frustrated and feeling like your dog is against you. Luckily, it just takes some elementary dog training to help your dog understand what sort of behavior is expected.
Make sure that there is a calm environment in the room where your dog is. Play time is great, but your dog needs to learn to stay calm as his master enters the room. Avoid acknowledging him as you enter. This helps to maintain a controlled atmosphere.
Make certain you’re consistent when you are crate training your young puppy. When you let the puppy out of his crate you must immediately and unfailingly allow him the opportunity to relieve himself. The dog will eventually learn that there are proper times to go outside and use the restroom.
Try not to reinforce bad behavior in your dog by accident. Don’t ever reward a dog that is behaving badly. If they jump on you, don’t pet them, for example.
Give your dog more freedom as he or she gets further along in the training program. Balancing obedience and liberty make dogs feel very satisfied. Be cautious on not giving your dog too much freedom right away, because this could have a bad effect when it comes to your dog’s training.
Keep your tone of voice consistent when training dogs. This tone tells the dog that you mean business and that they need to obey. It also helps the dog to understand the difference between a sharp tone for discipline and a sharp but non-punishing command.
To put a halt on barking, teach your pup to obey a basic command. The next time your dog barks, let him see a treat and give the order for him to be quiet; repeat this until your dog stops barking. Then, you are able to reward the dog. If you continue to repeat this, the dog will figure out that it gets a treat if it is quiet when you say so.
Do not give your dog too many treats; you could make him gain some weight when you offer an excessive number as rewards. Many people overlook treats when considering the animal’s diet, but they certainly add up, especially during active training.
Don’t subject your dog to lengthy training sessions. The perfect time is about 15 minutes. More than this ends in frustration. After each training session spend some time playing with your dog and lavish him with praise.
Give your dog new challenges often. Make sure you quiz him on the stuff he knows, so he stays on his toes.
Never punish your dog while trying to train him. Try to prevent bad behavior, but if it does happen, show your dog what he should have done. Training is about teaching your dog, and building a good relationship with him.
Before you correct your dog for barking, find out why he/she is barking in the first place. This way you can avoid the things that trigger barking. For example, if your dog only barks excessively when visitors enter your home, enlist a friend to come over to help you address the behavior, at the time of the trigger event.
When housebreaking a dog, it is advisable to use the crating technique. To make crate training work, make sure you take your dog out often and on a stable schedule. If you’re patient you will find a dog who has been crate trained will make less messes inside.
Be sure to have your dog spayed or neutered at six months. Make this coincide what the starting of an obedience class. When your dog is spayed or neutered, it is a nicer pet and is better at obedience. You will be able to better enjoy the time you have with your dog and they will be happy and healthy.
Most owners are amazed at how easy it is to incorporate basic training your dog into their life and how quickly they start to notice results. If you feel like you and your dog are having a hard time, try some of this advice.