There are many different things a dog can be trained to do. Dogs can be trained for pleasure, hunting, work, or protection. Dogs have always been willing to please their owners — this is why they are known as “man’s best friend.” This makes them an ideal pet. Hopefully, this article gives you the tools you need to train your dog.
If you want to have a well behaved dog, make sure that you are filling their most basic needs. They need to have water, food, shelter and love. These are essential to a happy and healthy pet, and only then will they want to or have the energy to let you tell them what to do.
Just because your dog is obeying you, do not assume that they are done learning. Your dog is always learning. Never stop reinforcing good behavior. This is especially important if you move. A new surrounding can be very distracting for a dog. You might have to reteach them a great deal.
Start potty training your new puppy immediately. Take the puppy to the designated toilet area in your garden as soon as he wakes up in the morning, after eating, after a nap, and before bedtime. Choose a certain command that indicates he needs to relieve himself. When he does, don’t forget to praise him highly, and offer a treat as a reward.
Food and treats can be your ally in training your dog to seek out his crate. Allow your dog to find strategically placed bits of food and a few treats every once in awhile when he returns to his crate. He will make it a habit of checking the crate out more regularly just in case something else has miraculously appeared there.
To achieve the best results when housebreaking a pet, be aware of the food and water he consumes. To keep your pet regular, feed him quality food a couple of times daily at the same hour. This way, you will have a good idea of when your pup needs to go out, so that there is less of a chance that an accident will occur.
Be careful not to reinforce negative behaviors. Don’t ever reward a dog that is behaving badly. If your dog leaps on you when you return home and you wish to discourage this behavior, you must ignore him and go about your business. Even negative attention from you can cause the behavior to continue.
To break your dog of bad habits such as jumping, the best technique is to ignore him, for just a short period! Dogs don’t really understand yelling in a situation like that. But if you turn your back and avoid further interaction, he’ll get the idea that he’s done something that breaks contact with you and dogs want to be our friends!
People train dogs for different reasons. Dogs are known as “pleasers”, which makes a well-trained dog a joy to be around. The tips listed above should help you find the best way to curb problems with your pooch.