Many dogs are abandoned because owners get frustrated with them. This is very sad. A well-behaved dog will be an invaluable addition to your family. If you can spend some time and follow instructions, you can easily train your dog.
For the best results in training your pet, you must be diligent about giving rewards and encouragement. You should immediately reward your dog when they follow your command. The reason is that dogs may not grasp why they receive rewards if they are given at odd times.
Ensure your dogs are active and getting a lot of exercises. Dogs get bored just as easily as children. When a dog is bored, he will be hard to train. Your dogs will obey more quickly if you keep them well exercised. A long walk or a brisk run are great ways to get rid of some of your dog’s excess energy.
Your daily schedule should consist of regular potty breaks, regular training sessions and an hour of good exercise. Keeping a dog healthy with exercise allows for more efficient training sessions in the future. If your dog gets exercise, they will be happier and more eager to learn.
Always make use of positive reinforcement when it comes to training your dog. Praise your dog when he deserves it, and give him treats to show that you are pleased. You should not strike your dog or scream at them. It only abuses the dog and causes him to be even more disobedient. To get the best results from your training your dog, you need to be firm and consistent, staying positive at all times.
Avoid accidents when potty training your dog. Try to recognize your dog’s body language and anticipate his need to go out. If your dog is pacing or whining, you need to take them outside. If you see any of these signs, get him outdoors! Immediately take your dog outside to the official restroom spot. Praise him for a job well done. He will soon learn how to ask for the bathroom.
To make sure your dog’s behavior stays good, you should continue training him throughout its life. Just because a dog becomes more mature doesn’t mean it cannot learn new things. If you provide positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors, your dog will continue to be obedient, and when you provide your dog with consistent discipline, negative behaviors are less likely to occur.
If you are consistent, it is possible to teach a dog to delay responding to nature’s call. When you’re at home, spend enough time with your pet and take him out of the house every hour. When he goes potty outside, tell him he did good. If you dog has an accident inside your house, do not scold him. He is unaware of the problem, and shouting will be ineffective. Once your dog drinks or eats, take him out 15 minutes after finishing. Also, be sure to take him outside after he has exited his crate.
Teach your dog to learn ‘down’. You can use this command in emergency situations and to build on other training commands. A dog that understands the “down” command will lie down immediately in a dangerous situation, which makes it a necessary command for safety.
It’s important your dog always has an understanding of right from wrong. This means to set firm rules for everyone to follow regarding your pet. These inconsistencies can cause significant setbacks.
Don’t use punitive methods to train your dog. If your dog does exhibit bad behavior, correct this behavior by showing him is expected of him. Training involves positive reciprocation between you and your dog; there is really no place for punishment.
Make sure you never give your dog the inappropriate signals when he misbehaves. Laughing at bad behavior, even if it is funny, will encourage your dog to repeat it. Doing so will really set back your training sessions. No matter how your pet is when he does something bad, you need to correct him right away.
Do not permit your dog to pull you around. You’re supposed to be the leader, not him. You need to have an adequate training collar as well as a short leash for obedience training. Keep your pooch at your heel at all times. Remember, you’re the leader!
Your dog needs to have regular vet check-ups. If you see that your dog has trouble with certain parts of training, or you notice that he has started to backslide, be sure his health is good. Interestingly, many dogs often hide negative feelings and habits. So many times behavioral changes are the only clue that there is a health issue. Aggression can be an indicator of pain, and a lapse in house training can be a telltale sign of urinary issues.
Take a slow and considered approach to introducing animals to new environments. Weighs the pros and the cons before adopting another pet. In order to maximize bonding, a new pet will need a personality which complements the personality of the pet you already have.
As you can now see, it’s not impossible to teach your dog how to behave. Love, attention and training are the key components for a well-rounded dog. With the suggestions presented here, you’ll be ready to make a dog into a beloved family member and a life-long companion.