Part of the responsibility of pet ownership includes making sure your dog is well-trained. Training your dog to be a well mannered canine citizen will not only improve your relationship with them, it will keep them safe and happy. Ahead you will find some tips for getting the most from your puppy training efforts.
There are a few tricks you can try when attempting to crate train a puppy or dog. If your puppy doesn’t like being in his crate, put a dog treat or chew bone in it and close the door to keep him out. They will want to get to the bone, which means going into the crate. When they go inside to get the bone, give them lots of positive reinforcement.
Stay in control as you reward your dog’s good behavior. Reward them only when your dog is calm after it performs a trick. Though you may be happy with the accomplishment, excitement on your part leads to excitement on their part and diminishes control of the situation. Stay calm and bestow rewards calmly too.
It is easy to train a roll with treats. The first step is to get the dog to lay down. Then, position a treat near the floor to one side of him, raise it up and move it over to the opposite side. The dog ought to follow his treat with the nose, prompting him to flop his entire body over. Whenever your dog does actually roll over, say “roll over” out loud. Repeating this over time forms a mental association in your dog’s mind that eventually causes him to roll over on command. It will probably take multiple attempts, but you will be the talk of the town when the trick is learned.
Keep your sessions short to accommodate a short attention span. Dogs can quickly lose focus when you prolong activities. This is why you need to limit the time of your training sessions to around 10 minutes.
To maintain solid behavior, lifelong training is important. You do not have to stop training them as a puppy. Your dog will continue to be obedient if you use reinforcements. Continuing discipline with them will reduce the chances of bad behavior appearing.
It is vital to keep some slack in the leash when you are trying to train a dog. Dogs like to explore new places when they are out on a walk. This means they’ll pull on the leash. To discourage this behavior, encourage your dog to walk beside you with a leash that has some slack.
Remember not to reward your dog for bad behavior when they do something negative. In doing so, you are essentially telling your dog that it is able to control you, not the other way around. An example of this would be to give the dog treats every time it barks.
Guarantee that your dog can tell right from wrong within all situations. You will need help from everyone in the family to teach this. It can quickly make your efforts backfire!
Be certain you are giving the right signals when your dog exhibits unacceptable behavior. If you laugh or smile at cute but bad behavior, he will be more likely to continue it. This will encourage bad behavior and make training longer. No matter how your pet is when he does something bad, you need to correct him right away.
One of the best training aids is a “shake can.” Do this by putting some change in a can of pop. If your dog exhibits an incorrect behavior, give the can a shake. The dog will be startled and will stop doing whatever it is he’s doing. Once you have done this, your dog will understand that what he is doing is unacceptable. Do not shake the can multiple times or he will become desensitized to it.
With any luck, this advice will increase the pleasure your dog brings to you and your loved ones. Training your dog makes ownership a rewarding experience. If you decide to train your dog on your own, or instead hire a professional, having a trained, obedient dog will allow you to fully enjoy the companionship of your animal.