Dogs are dogs, no matter the size or temperament. If a person understands that mindset, one should not have any problem training whatever kind of dog they choose to get. If one doesn’t fully understand this mindset, then here is some insight for them.
Establish a quiet environment when you go into a room your pet is in. Play time is beneficial to your dog, however, you need to teach your dog to be calm as you enter any room. Do not acknowledge the animal when you enter and by doing so, you create a controlled atmosphere in which you decide how and when play time begins.
The first thing you should teach your dog is to “leave it.” This commands the dog to drop whatever is in its mouth. This simple command is beneficial in making him stop on chewing furniture inside the house.
Use primary reinforcement when training your dog. This utilizes something the dog loves as a means to reward positive behaviors. Primary reinforcement could be treats or giving your dog a belly rub. Your dog will learn well from this.
The tone of your voice is an important part of successfully disciplining your dog. Dogs can be very perceptive and can pick up cues from their owners about how the owner is feeling. An appropriately stern tone can reinforce discipline.
Make sure you’re praising your dog so that you enforce positive behavior. Simple things like smiles, praise and even tiny treats help to reinforce the desired behaviors. Do not reward unwanted behavior. This will cause your dog to think that he is doing something good.
Socializing your dog early in life is every bit as important as obedience training. He needs to learn how to behave around both humans and other dogs. This is best taught early. This helps reduce unacceptable behavior in social environments.
One thing to remember when canine training is that all your actions are molding its behavior and personality. It is imperative that you know this, you might see that they will revert to bad things if they are teased. Be sure that every action you take supports the behaviors you seek.
Never reward bad behavior with the intent of quickly ending a certain behavior. The dog will only learn that it is the boss. For example, don’t attempt to stop unwanted barking by giving your dog a treat.
Be certain not to give the dog mixed signals in the aftermath of bad behavior. When your dog pees on the couch, for example, don’t laugh. As a result, your training can be severely hampered, which can become extremely frustrating. Your dog’s misbehavior may be funny on a certain level, but don’t let him know you think so.
Understanding a dog’s mentality and psyche are crucial to train a dog. Training programs that make use of such insight, along with thorough preparation, tend to be highly successful. Make sure to tailor the training to a dog’s specific personality.