As a new dog owner, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to make sure your dog is both healthy and well behaved. This article will give you tips regarding as a new dog owner, and ways that you can successfully train your dog.
You, as the leader of the pack, should always eat first. In the animal world the Alpha always eats before the rest of the pack. This confirms dominance and establishes trust in the leader. When you exhibit this behavior you teach your dog to respect you as leader and also to trust that you are leading in the proper way.
Train your dog to remain calm when you walk into the room. It’s great to play freely with your dog, but when you enter a room, you should not be bombarded. Don’t acknowledge dogs the moment that you set foot in the house.
Yelling at your dog to stop him from barking can be very ineffective. Instead, try talking calmly to him, and teach him a word that he will associate with quiet. Yelling, to your dog, sounds like you are barking right along with him and so, it can further encourage him to bark.
If your dog is running away from you, don’t try to chase him. Instead, call him by name and give a command, such as “come.” Your pet views chasing as a game and thinks you want to play along. The exception to this tip would be if your dog is about to enter a dangerous situation and has not responded to your commands.
Not showering your dog with enough positive reinforcement when he does good, will reduce the power you have over him in training. Since dogs love attention, giving them plenty of it, provides him with incentive to listen to you. If all he ever hears from you is what not to do, he is not getting any encouragement, only discouragement, so be sure to reward him with praise often.
Build your dog’s attention span by increasing challenges. If your dog knows a command well at home try it outside on a quiet sidewalk. If he succeeds at these tasks consistently bring him to a more noisy area like the park. This builds up his attention span and increases his likelihood of listening to you around chaos.
Work on recall with your dog. Your dog should come back to you regardless of the environment they’re in. Teach this necessary behavior sequentially so that the dog obeys, even when distractions are present. Recall has the potential to be life-saving, and therefore training in this vital area must occur, despite its difficulties.
Give your dog new challenges often. Quiz him to see if he remembers the commands, even if you’re already sure he does.
As a new dog owner, you are faced with many challenges. Hopefully if you follow the steps presented in this article, you will be much closer to being able to successfully train your new dog and have a better understanding of what goes into dog ownership and training.