When you first meet your dog, chances are he didn’t show his true colors and may have come to you with a few “problems”. Don’t worry, with proper techniques even the worst dog can learn to be well behaved.
As you work to crate train your dog, it is important to convey the notion that the crate is their home. At meal times, try to place their food in the crate by leaving the door wide open while they’re eating. They will think of their crate as a happy place.
Look at it in your dog’s point of view. A lot of owners get frustrated when their dog is not understanding a basic command. Don’t do yourself and your pet an injustice by simply giving up. Thinking like a dog can make it easier for you to do what is needed to train him. Understanding their perspective can help you have sympathy for their position.
Avoid restraining two dogs too closely together. It is just too easy for dogs in such a situation to tangle their leads together, and this can lead to serious injuries for both of them. If a big dog is tangled up with a little one, they may get so wrapped up that air passages are blocked off, and one could potentially die.
If you intend to use a crate in training your dog, make sure the crate is an appropriate size for your dog. Keep in mind, puppies do not stay small forever. Choose a crate that is sure to fit them suitably when they hit adult size. There should be enough space to move around without feeling cramped.
Shock collars are not a good idea. They are both expensive and unlikely to work properly. Plus, shock collars are not positive reinforcement when your dog is exhibiting proper behavior. Generally, techniques such as these actually produce negative results.
Be patient when training a dog. This will cause you not to be frustrated and angry with your dog during this process. Understand that the proper training will come with time, so cut your dog some slack and let them learn.
Many times dog owners are surprised to see they can easily train their dog on an everyday basis and promptly see the results. If your dog is getting on your nerves, it’s time to put the above tips to use.