All dogs, no matter how big or small, have the same kind of mindset to them. By knowing how dogs think and react, training any dog you choose can be easier than you think. If one does not understand that mindset then they are in luck because they are about to get some insight.
Give your puppy his own toys that he can chew to remove pain due to teething, and keep him away from chewing other items. Give the dog one of its own chew toys right away. Try a frozen washcloth to alleviate the pain of teething for your puppy.
Dogs have a tendency to zone in on one particular thing until something else grabs their attention. Repetition and practice will result in your dog waiting to take cues from you rather than being distracted by other things.
Your dog may not learn a command right away. It isn’t unusual to have to repeat a trick dozens of times before the dog understands. Being patient while trying the same task or command will allow your dog to understand it.
When training your dog, try to avoid reinforcing negative behavior. Withhold treats and attention when your dog exhibits any undesirable behaviors. Don’t scratch the dogs back, give it a snack or reward it in any way if it jumps, barks or does anything you don’t approve of.
Learning how to show authority is the foundation of all training your dog. Put yourself in an authoritative position, so that your dog knows to obey you. Do not let your dog walk ahead of you when you go on walks.
Always be patient when you train your dog. Staying patient will help all parties to avoid frustration. Remember that your pet desires to please you but he gets confused due to him not understanding what you want him to do.
You can rest assured that when you train your puppy, they may have an accident in the house. Your training will go more smoothly if you always clean up accidents right away. You pet will smell the urine and try to urinate there again. There are a variety of products that will help you remove the odor; check with the local pet store or department store.
Does you dog eat an appropriate diet? Just as in the case of kids, dogs have the potential to grow hyper, bratty and scattered if they do not eat the right foods. The right diet can make all the difference in your pet’s behavior. Your vet should be able to recommend the right food for your dog.
Your dog should always be able to identify which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. This means to set firm rules for everyone to follow regarding your pet. This will quickly undo all of your hard work and training.
If you speak your dog’s name in an effort to scold or warn him, you should also try to utter it in more positive ways. The dog must realize that his own name can be something associated with positive things and that he should never fear coming to you if called.
Consistency is key with training your dog. Consistency includes tone of voice, trained words, treats, and commands.
Use magazines, books, documentaries and Internet sites to learn more about dogs and how to train them. Consult with people who own the dog breed that you have to get suggestions. Create custom training for your dog’s special needs.
Your older dog may have limitations due to age and illness that prevent it from doing all of the obedience tasks of a younger pup. Dogs with arthritis, for example, shouldn’t be asked to crawl all over. Training stimulates your dog’s cognitive functions. This is especially helpful if your dog is getting old. However, you should make sure these sessions are not causing any pain.
Training a dog is a lot easier if the trainer can work from a solid understanding of canine behavior. If your dog doesn’t understand you, then how can he learn from you? Once someone knows a bit more about dogs, training becomes easier and more likely to work.