If Spot is acting up and not listening to a word you say, he needs dog training. It can be incredibly frustrating to deal with a disobedient dog, and it can be difficult to know how to stop your canine’s bad behavior. This article will answer a lot of the questions you have about dog training.
Every dog needs a calm and confident leader to feel secure. Any dog owner can show that he is a strong leader by encouraging and rewarding good behavior. Proving to your pet that you’re a strong leader makes training easier and establishes a bond between pet and owner.
Dog training should be viewed as a form of self control. If you’re not able to control yourself, you’ll never control your dog. Walk away from your dog, rather than letting him see an angry outburst, and remain calm even when his behavior is not stellar. Your dog will respond in a positive light if he watches you do the same.
Using a crate when you’re not at home can be very effective, especially for a young puppy. The crate keeps your puppy safe and secure, and also protects your home from chewing and bathroom accidents. Your puppy can learn to feel comfortable and protected in his crate home while you are away.
When giving commands to your dog, never come down to their level. Maintaining eye contact and a fully erect, dominant stance imparts control to the dog. Your dog will be receptive to commands given from this posture much easier than a crouching owner who is seen as an equal or playmate.
Learn to read your dog’s signals when training, so that you can see the difference between confusion and disobedience. A different response is required from you when your dog doesn’t understand a command versus when they understand the command but choose not to obey. Understanding your dog’s signals, can help you to choose the more appropriate response.
Start training your dog early. Many people believe that very young puppies are too young to learn. The reality is that even puppies as young as six weeks old are able to begin the basics of training, and starting early ensures that your puppy will have a strong foundation for more advanced training later.
Understand that getting your dog to respond during the times that you tell him or her ‘no’ is not helpful. You must find positive methods to reinforce your commands when training a dog. “No” is negative and doesn’t give your dog a real command he can follow. Not all dogs are the same, and their training needs will vary.
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.
Now that you know what you need to do to get Spot under control, you will enjoy spending time with him that much more. Take him to the neighborhood park or let him tag along on your daily walk, and enjoy a well-behaved dog that actually listens to your commands.