Lots of dogs go to shelters simply because their owners become disappointed in them, though this does not need to be the case. When a dog is trained properly, the can be a beloved family member. It’s not difficult to train your dog once you know how. Use the tips below to get started.
Try to mistakenly avoid reinforcing any behaviors that are unwanted when doing dog training. You should avoid using strips of food or attention to train when you are trying to discourage behaviors. For instance, if your dog does not sit when commanded, do not rub his head affectionately unless he actually sits.
Teaching dogs to roll over can be easy, provided some treats are on hand. First, make sure the dog is in a laying position. Next, hold a treat near the floor on one side of his head, slowly bring the treat up and over the dogs head to the other side. His nose will track that treat and his body will roll over. Each time he sways to one side, tell him to “roll over”. Keep doing this until the treat is no longer needed. Be patient while he masters this trick. He will be a star once he does!
Do not use shock collars. They don’t often work well and cost more than training methods which are conventional. In addition, shock collars and related devices can actually irritate your dog and eradicate current good behaviors. Generally, techniques such as these actually produce negative results.
Start training with something simple. Not only will you get the instant gratification of your success, but also your dog will gain the important foundation of what an acceptable trick or behavior is. This way you will have better results throughout the course of your training experience.
Pay attention to the length of your puppy training sessions. If you try to focus for a long period of time on one command, your dog will show signs of boredom and begin to get antsy. The first few sessions especially should be kept under 10 minutes.
Training lessons should be kept short. Dogs don’t have long attention spans so keeping training short and concise keeps it from becoming something that they dread. If more training is desired, work in some break times so your dog can play before continuing with training.
Your dog should learn he doesn’t need to respond when you say ‘no’. It is important to be positive when you are training your dog. It takes more than a single syllable to elicit the desired response from your dog. There is a difference in all dogs and training should be customized.
Prior to training your puppy, make a bond with your dog by teaching him what his name is. Use his name frequently, and make clear that you want him to respond by coming to you when you call his name. These are the first words your puppy should learn. Spend as much time as possible with your dog, so you can bond and he’ll learn you’re his master. This will make it easier to train him as he gets older.
Identify what exactly it is that your dog is always barking at to help curb the behavior. Triggers can include strangers, loud sounds or new places. Once used to these things, your pet will know that barking is not necessary.
The best way to teach a dog good behavior is to never let poor behavior take hold. It will make your life less stressful if you are teaching the dog good habits rather than trying to change bad ones. Never give a dog food scraps from the table so that it does not get into the bad habit of begging for them.
As discussed in this guide, having a healthy and happy dog is not hard to have. In order to achieve this, you must give your dog love and train it correctly. Follow the advice here and it will help your dog become a family member.