Everyone knows that a dog who is obedient, disciplined and carefully trained is a more enjoyable companion and a treasure for any household. Having a dog who follows every command is wonderful, and it can make having a pet exciting. For the sake of a good relationship between your canine and you, keep reading.
When crate training a puppy, try to make your puppy feel like the crate is his home. Leave food near or inside the crate and leave the door open. They will think of their crate as a happy place.
Here are a few ways to make crate training more positive for your dog. If they don’t want to go in the crate, try luring them in with a treat or chew bone. The puppy will want to enter the kennel to retrieve the treat. After they enter the crate, be sure to give them love and attention to let them know they did something to please you.
When you verbally correct your dog, do it quickly and concisely. Avoid going on a rant about the dog’s “badness”. Inform them of your disapproval and move on. Also make sure that the volume of your voice commands their attention and lets them know that you mean business.
It is essential to have the correct timing for your training sessions. Begin with small sessions and increase the time daily. Note how far into the training session your dog loses his attention span. That’s the time to quit.
Have a treat ready to reward your dog after it properly completes a task you ask it to do. You want to make sure that your dog understands that he has accomplished a good thing. This is the best way to ensure that the dog understands the difference between right and wrong.
Get your dog’s attention the same way every time. Use his or her name when giving a command. Get is attention by using its name and make it follow what you want it to do. Dogs will hear there name and pay attention.
Use your puppy’s name often so that he knows to pay attention when you speak. Over time and repetition, the dog will begin to understand their name and that they are being spoken to. A short name which sounds distinct from many other words is preferable.
You will be doing more harm that good if you over train your puppy. Puppies can’t pay attention for too long and are not very good at focusing on something for long periods of time, so limit the duration of training sessions. If you try too hard to train the puppy, he will probably just forget what you have taught him and will see the experience as bad. This will make it more difficult to train the puppy at a later time.
It’s important to remember that all of the things you do with your dog are building its behavior and personality. This is important to know, because you might undo certain desired behaviors inadvertently by teasing your dog or engaging in horseplay. Always be careful not to reward these bad behaviors to prevent your dog from becoming confused.
The cause of your dog’s destructive chewing habits might just be separation anxiety. If you give the dog a chew toy and put him in the safety of a dog crate, he can occupy himself while you’re not at the house.
Give challenges to your dog on a regular basis. Provide your dog with fun ways to “quiz” it in order to ensure that it hasn’t lost past training.
People don’t realize how easy it is to actually train a dog. Through making behavioral changes within yourself, and applying the right techniques, your dog’s behavior will come a long way.