There are a number of different reasons to train dogs. Guard dogs, hunting dogs and herding dogs were all trained for their profession. It is well know that dogs love to please their humans. That is why they are so loved as a pet. This article gives tips and advice on how to properly train your dog.
If you are attempting to crate train your dog, remember that it is a multi-step process. Allow them to feel comfortable in their crate by closing the door and feeding them treats while praising them. Keep them in the crate for a small duration and slowly increase that duration. If they start to fuss, you are going too fast.
Never reward negative behavior. Many dog owners have difficulty training their pet. When a long training session has ended and there has been no progress, they might find themselves tempted to reward their dog anyway. Even if you love your dog dearly, never reward their bad or undesirable behavior.
A dog’s name should only be used when positively interacting with the animal. Call the dog’s name to get him to come to your side or call his name when you are serving his dinner. Don’t, however, call your dog’s name when you are unhappy with his or her actions. The dog would negatively associate that with punishment.
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.
Training your dog to walk on lead takes time. The idea is to have your dog walk obediently beside you without straining, tugging, and pulling from side to side. Correct your dog’s movement with short snaps of the lead that pull sharply and abruptly back against his momentum. He will stop pulling and walk complacently for a time beside you. During this time loosen the lead but when he pulls again snap the lead again.
As you train your dog, it is important to remember that everything you do with your pet is an opportunity for them to learn. Without realizing it, you may be rewarding undesirable behaviors throughout the day. Keep in mind that whether you are actively training or not, your actions are still having a large impact on your dog’s behavior.
Young puppies can be quickly potty trained by keeping them with you all the time and carefully observing their actions. When very young they might need to be taken outside as frequently as every hour! By carefully watching them you’ll quickly learn how they act when they need to relieve themselves.
This article explored the diversity of reasons for training a dog. Most dogs try to please their owners and this is especially true of dogs that are well-trained. Hopefully this article has given you some ideas that will make it easier to train your four-legged friend.