Who doesn’t enjoy the joy and company a dog can provide? Know that it takes a lot of dedication to raise a puppy. You must train your dog extensively. Before long, you will be able to enjoy a well-trained dog by applying these tips.
If you are working on crate training your indoor puppy or dog, you can always try a few tricks. If your puppy seems reluctant about entering the crate, place a chew toy inside and close the door to the kennel. A tempting bone will prove too hard to resist, and the dog will be panting to get into the crate in no time. After they enter the crate, be sure to give them love and attention to let them know they did something to please you.
Treats are necessary when teaching a dog fancy tricks like rolling over. Firstly, have the dog lie down. Next, you must hold one treat close to the floor off to one side of their head and slowly bring it up and over the dog’s head to the opposite side. Your dog is probably going to follow the treat in your hand with his nose, which means he will rollover his whole body. Upon seeing him roll over, issue the command. You can then repeat the command to the point where he rolls over without the added incentive of a treat. Be patient while he masters this trick. He will be a star once he does!
Shock collars are not a good idea. They don’t often work well and cost more than training methods which are conventional. These devices can stifle your dog’s natural reactions and have negative effects on even good or acceptable behaviors. These techniques don’t normally work.
When you approach a strange dog, make sure you approach him slowly and allow the dog to sniff your hand. This helps the dog become familiar with your scent and engenders trust. When the dog knows your scent, he is better able to trust you and follow given commands.
Pay attention to how much time you spend training in one session. If you spend too much time doing one training exercise, your dog will become bored. Do not spend more than 10 minutes on each session.
Make sure your dog understand he does not need to respond to the word “no”. When training your dog, you need to find positive ways to enforce your training. Saying ‘no’ is not a good command, and the dog won’t know how to react. All dogs are different and will respond to different training.
Praise your dog often so that they look forward to training sessions. Show enthusiasm, smile widely and make sure the dog gets treats after exhibiting the behaviors you want. Negative behavior should never be rewarded because then, your dog will associate this bad thing with a positive reward, which will cause your dog to only continue this bad thing.
When you travel with a dog, you need to anticipate all of its needs to help it avoid unwanted behaviors or accidents. Water, bowls, bathroom bags and paper towels are good things to have to help everything run smoothly. It is often just as easy to buy a bag of food once you reach your destination as it is to pack it up and bring it along.
Teach your dog the “down” command. This is useful on its own, but also opens up other tricks. The “down” command is excellent to use when your dog is exhibiting aggressive behavior.
Be certain not to give the dog mixed signals in the aftermath of bad behavior. If you express amusement after poor behavior, the dog is likely to do it again. If you do, training will be damaged. No matter how your pet is when he does something bad, you need to correct him right away.
Puppy power! You’re ready to start training today. Remain patient and reward your pet when he behaves properly. These tips will not be mastered overnight, but you and your dog will soon get there.