If you’re a beginner at training a dog, you’re more than likely wanting some advice on what will work to get your dog to behave. Listed below are some tips to get you started with your canine training aspirations.
It takes a while for a dog to get comfortable in a crate. Don’t take it too fast; introduce the dog at his own pace. Once your dog seems to have acclimated to the crate itself, close the gate and feeding him through it. Start off only putting them inside for 10 seconds, and when they seem okay with that, slowly increase the time they are inside. If your dog becomes restless, you may be ramping up too quickly.
Timing is of the utmost importance when it comes to training your dog, so make sure you spend lots of time training, but don’t overdo it. Small, focused sessions are necessary at the beginning. Know when your dog does not pay attention when you are training it.
You can show your dog how to do tricks, get some treats. You can have your dog sit or roll over. Then hold one treat near his head and near the floor. Pull the treat over the dog until your hand is on the other side. His nose will follow the treat, naturally making him 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. Put your frustration aside and he’ll be performing this trick all over the place in no time.
You should always say commands in the same tone and volume. The tone should be firm, so your dog understands that you are issuing a command, not a suggestion. Your dog needs to understand that there is a difference between the tone you use to discipline your dog from the tone you use to give an order.
To improve the efficiency of your training routine, make sure your dog eats and poops at around the same time every day. This way, you are aware of when your dog will need to do his business, and you can take him outside before an accident occurs. A regular schedule will also give your dog a chance to learn how to exercise self-control, as he will know that a trip outside is eminent.
Start with the easy stuff. You will have the rush of seeing quick results, but the dog will gain a basic understanding of what good behavior means. This will give you positive results from the onset.
Every day, try to allow your pet to have an hour or so of exercise. This is on top of regular training lessons and restroom breaks. A dog that is physically active and has the chance to exercise regularly is more capable of learning during training sessions. An exercised dog is a happy and responsive dog.
Bringing dogs on a trip means bringing all their supplies, too. Things such as food and water bowls, paper toweling and waste bags are critical for a smooth trip. Items like food can be left at home. Simply purchase some when you reach your destination.
As the tips have shown, training your dog is a great way to foster good behavior and perhaps even some fun tricks. These tips have turned you from a puppy novice into a mature dog owner.