Don’t let your dog train you! Use these tips to help turn your pet into a responsive and obedient member of your family. Dogs are a big responsibility, but once they have been trained successfully, they serve as priceless, loving companions. Follow the simple strategies in this article to turn your dog into a best friend.
When correcting your dog verbally, use sharp, short, concise commands. Don’t rant on to the dog about the thinks that he did wrong. Say no and let them know what you would rather have them do. It is also important to have good volume to your commands so that your dog understands that you are serious.
Create a regular schedule for your dog. Make sure his meals are at the same time each day, and walk him morning and night. Try to take him out for toilet breaks using a consistent routine. Dogs tend to thrive when they have a schedule that they can follow.
Your friends and family, in most cases, are not dog trainers. While those around you may have advice and opinions on how you should handle your dog’s training, it does not mean they are correct. This input may be well-meaning, however, you can ignore most of it if you have taken the time to do your homework.
Dogs have a tendency to zone in on one particular thing until something else grabs their attention. With enough training, you will have your dog focusing solely on your signals.
When training your dog to deal with its fear or anxiety related behaviors, go slow. Responding to a fear or anxiety response with aggression only leads to more fear and even mistrust. Take your time and give your dog the opportunity to succeed. He will grow in confidence and reduce fear induced behaviors.
When training a dog it is important to reward good behavior while punishing bad behavior. Careful effort to maintain a clear distinction between good and bad behavior will go a long way towards overall training of the dog. This will guarantee that the dog knows why it is being rewarded or why it is being punished.
If you do not communicate that biting is unacceptable, your puppy doesn’t know he is doing something wrong. When you catch your puppy biting, redirect him to a chew toy or bone. As soon as the pup starts to bite, firmly say “No!” and give him the chew toy. While you are teaching a puppy to stop biting, do not play any wrestling or tug of war games with them to strengthen what you are teaching.
It is important that you get to know your dog well. Dog training is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. A lot depends on your personality and capabilities, your dog’s personality and capabilities, and how these traits mesh. Something that may work well for one trainer with one dog may not work with another trainer and another dog. Or it may not work for the same trainer with different dogs. Everyone is different!
If you can stick to the tips in this article, your dog will show improvement. Training your dog can be an enjoyable part of ownership. It will be difficult, frustrating, and dirty at times, but if you keep at it, your pooch can learn to be a pleasant and helpful companion.