It is common for people to adopt a puppy or dog without thinking of the consequences. Being dedicated is vital for those who adopt dogs. If your dog is trained, he will be much less likely to run into problems or display aggression. If your adopted dog needs training, keep reading.
Reward your dog for obeying you, but only occasionally. Rewards like treats and excessive praise can be useful tools when training your dog. Just be careful that you do not condition them to expect this every time they do as they are are told. Reward them for following instruction, but do so randomly.
Training a dog is easier if the pet is neutered or spayed. Unless you are breeding the animal, taking the hormones out of the equation will greatly calm your pet. Without the constant rush of hormones, a dog is much more docile and receptive to a leader. This will also help control the pet population which is a win-win situation.
Prepare to administer lessons to your dog repeatedly. Most dogs will not pick up a new command with just one or two tries. Sometimes it is helpful to focus on one or two commands a day so that through your sessions you are repeating enough times to fix the commands solidly in your dog’s memory.
Properly trained dogs can be taught to regard their crate as a place of safety. When possible always keep the crate in a central location so that the dog learns to understand that it is there and available all the time. He will begin to seek it out when he is tired and even when he is scared and seeking comfort.
Potty training a puppy can be a harsh task at times, but not impossible. You have to remember that the puppy doesn’t know that when they go to the bathroom inside that it is wrong. Try your best to keep an eye on your puppy and if it starts looking like it has to go to the bathroom let it outside, after the puppy goes to the bathroom praise the puppy so it knows it did the right thing.
Avoid aggressive dog training techniques such as “rolling.” Dogs are domesticated pets, not wild pack animals so it is ineffective to treat a dog like a wolf, despite the advice of certain television personalities. Aggressive training does not inspire trust and loyalty, both of which are essential for successful dog training.
If you want to be a good trainer, then you have to be firm and consistent. This does not mean you should continually admonish your dog. Balance firmness with love for best results. This will help you develop a strong bond with your dog.
You have to be consistent with your dog’s training. When many members of a family are working to train a dog, be certain that each person uses identical commands, rewards and discipline. The dog will learn more easily if he learns a single set of commands and if he knows what response will be received for his behavior.
Use the information contained in this article to properly train your dog to be on its best behavior. Training your dog is ultimately your responsibility, the last thing you want is your dog to be constantly behaving badly.