Sometimes it may feel as though you brought home Cujo instead of Lassie! With some training, you can have a well behaved pet.
Verbal corrections must be sharp and direct. Do not waste time ranting about how bad your dog is. Say NO and redirect your dog to the desired behavior. Let your dog know that if you raise your voice they need to pay attention.
Use consistency when you are crate training your young puppy. If you remove the pup from the crate, see to it that he has the means to go potty. This will teach your dog that he can wait until he gets out of the crate to relieve himself.
Do not use shock collars. They often don’t function as well as advertised and are far more expensive than conventional training methods. Also, shock collars and like devices are just not nice things to use. These tools often do more harm than good.
You should pick a phrase to say to your puppy while he is being house trained. Each time you venture out for a bathroom trip, use this phrase to keep your dog focused on the task he came outside to accomplish.
When your dog does something unacceptable, make sure that it becomes known. Do something that makes them uncomfortable so that they can associate their action with something negative. After some time, they won’t jump on anyone because they’ll associate it with being made to feel uncomfortable.
Do not have overly long training sessions. Dogs don’t have long attention spans so make sure that your training sessions are kept short. Instead, have multiple, short sessions with breaks for playtime in between.
If you say ‘no’, your dog should understand that it does not need a response. You need to look for positive ways to reinforce your commands when you train your dog. Telling them “no” does not help them know how to react to you. Every situation and dog is different and their training should be tailored accordingly.
Wearing a puppy out by overloading it with information and training is counterproductive. A puppy’s attention span is short and it has a limited amount of energy, so sessions should remain short and positive. If you try to rush and throw in too much information, your puppy will not remember the lesson and you’ll have a harder time training him.
Consistency makes it easier to teach your dog how to control himself. When you’re home with your puppy, take it out as often as possible. If he goes outside to the toilet, praise him. Don’t yell at your dog for having an accident. He won’t know what he did wrong and will learn nothing. Take your dog out soon after meals and after coming out of the crate.
Many dog owners are quite surprised at how quickly they can achieve good results with even a basic canine training routine. Consider giving some of the ideas outlined above a try, in order to improve the bond between you and your dog.