Getting frustrated with your dog? Is she treating your house like one big chew toy, or having a hard time mastering housetraining? Is she jumping up on you when you’d rather she didn’t? Great news – most canine behavior problems can be easily lessened or eliminated outright by some basic dog training. Just check some of these tips out!
When you have gotten a new dog and you are working on training a key thing to remember is that you must always enforce the commands that you give your dog. Do not let the dog ignore you, and do not say the command over and over. If you are not going to be strong enough to enforce what you are saying, you might as well not waste your time.
A clicker and a few treats can be a very effective method of training your dog. Because a clicker can be easier for a dog to understand than a voice command, lessons can be quick and productive. Training sessions should not be longer than about fifteen minutes, since dogs do have short attention spans.
Be sure to keep your dog active and engaged a great deal of the time. Dogs become bored very easily. Bored dogs are difficult to train. Your dog will pay better attention to commands, as well as play with you more, when he has been exercised properly. Before every training session, prepare your dog by taking them for a walk.
Negative methods of training your dog don’t work. Just as with humans, positive reinforcement of behaviors is much more effective. Use praise, treats and play time to show your dog that you are pleased with their performance. If he cannot do what you are asking him, do not punish him or yell at him. He will associate trying to do the task with negativity and will avoid the task even harder the next time.
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.
House training your puppy can be a lot faster and more effective using a crate. The crate should never be used for punishment. The puppy should be put in it at night and in between times of interaction with his owner. His natural instinct is to not relieve himself in his sleeping area.
When you buy a crate, ensure it is the correct size. Puppies grow up quickly. Choose a crate that your puppy can grow in, but won’t grow out of. Dogs need room to move about and lie down, and they should not be cramped.
Most owners struggle with behavior problems in their pets from time to time. The more you know about dog training, the less frustrated you’ll get with your beloved pooch, and the easier you’ll be able to communicate with her. A well-trained dog has a happy owner…so try some of our tips today, and enjoy the results!