Like every other dog owner, you dream of a well-behaved pooch. The piece that follows discusses the various things necessary to train a dog properly for shows.
Make sure your dog stays calm as you enter a space that he is in. Play time is great, but your dog needs to learn to stay calm as his master enters the room. Don’t acknowledge your dog when you enter the room. By doing this, you will be able to create a controlled environment in which you determine when and how play time begins.
Your dog needs to lead an active lifestyle. When dogs have nothing to do, they can get bored. Dogs that lose interest are hard to train. Your dog will pay better attention to commands, as well as play with you more, when he has been exercised properly. Go for long walks and runs with your dog.
Whenever the dog jumps upon you, grab its paws and give them a soft squeeze so they know it is not okay to jump on humans. While this will not seriously hurt the animal, it is certainly unpleasant and therefore makes a powerful statement. They will stop doing this behavior since it will be associated with a negative feeling.
Understand that getting your dog to respond during the times that you tell him or her ‘no’ is not helpful. Positive reinforcement is the best method for training your dog. Saying ‘no’ is not a good command, and the dog won’t know how to react. Dogs need tailored training to pull through.
It is vital to keep some slack in the leash when you are trying to train a dog. When you take your dog out for a walk, he will want to explore. Since they will be so eager, they may try to pull too hard, straining the leash. The smart owner will deter this behavior by having his pet walk without tension on the leash.
You should be sure to respond positively when your dog does something good. Be positive, excited and provide treats. Don’t reward any bad behavior or it will be reinforced.
You should always take your dog around people when they are a puppy to get them used to it. The only way for your dog to learn how to behave around other people and pets is for him to experience the situation. Also, this will reduce the chance of your dog embarrassing you.
Does your dog consume a healthy diet? Make sure that they are getting the proper nutrition so that they can stay free of behavioral issues associated with a poor diet. Change your dog’s food if you need to. Consult your veterinarian about any special dietary needs that your dog might require.
Teach your dog the “down” command. This command helps them build upon other commands, or it can be used in emergency situations. “Down” is the perfect command to keep dogs out of danger.
Your dog can, and should, find the training experience to be a positive one. Your dog will enjoy training sessions most and be able to pay attention well if lessons are short. Ten to fifteen minutes is a good guideline. When you give your dog rewards, make sure they are varied and as often as needed. Give your dog plenty of praise and affection for his hard work and efforts. If you make training sessions enjoyable for your dog, he is going derive pleasure from listening to you, as well.
When dogs become bored or anxious, they often chew on items. Using a dog gate to set aside his own space or a crate to confine his nervousness may provide him with the security he needs while you are away, and adding a chew toy may redirect some of his destructive tendencies.
Each time that you use your dog’s name as a warning or a reprimand, try to use it three to five other times in a positive way. The animal should not associate his name with something negative as this may lead him to experience fear or anxiety when he hears it.
The ultimate results of dog shows you enter is up to you. That is why you read this article and will put your new knowledge to use. Play around with the different methods and find the ones that work for you.