Without proper training and obedience lessons, man’s best friend can become man’s worst enemy. Not properly training your dog can lead to lifelong bad behavior. The chosen techniques in the following paragraphs can supplement your dog training efforts.
If you have gotten a dog or puppy and you have crate trained them you should always try not to keep them in there for more than four or five hours at a time unless it’s overnight or it’s just a once-in-awhile thing. If you have to have them in the crate for longer periods of time, a dog probably wasn’t the best option for you.
Reward your dog for obeying you, but only occasionally. Rewards like treats and excessive praise can be useful tools when training your dog. Just be careful that you do not condition them to expect this every time they do as they are are told. Reward them for following instruction, but do so randomly.
Training a dog is easier if the pet is neutered or spayed. Unless you are breeding the animal, taking the hormones out of the equation will greatly calm your pet. Without the constant rush of hormones, a dog is much more docile and receptive to a leader. This will also help control the pet population which is a win-win situation.
Sometimes it may be necessary to physically establish yourself as the Alpha in the pack. If your animal is being aggressive to another animal or a person, hold them by the scruff of the neck and put them in a prone position on the ground firmly, not violently. This lets your dog know you are in charge and exhibits behavior they would expect from another dog.
Focus on your body language when training. Dogs respond much easier to non-verbal cues. Pay attention to how they respond to different actions and facial expressions that you make to learn what affect they have on them. Keep your words short and too the point and reinforce it with bodily actions.
When house training a dog, keep in mind that whatever they take in, they must eventually eliminate. You can promote consistency and regularity by feeding your pet on a firm schedule two or three times daily with only the highest quality of food. You can then schedule your walks at the right times to prevent unwanted accidents.
Puppies respond best to positive reinforcement during training. You should assure that during training your puppy can not get into trouble. If you have to scold your puppy while training him, he may relate the training to being a negative experience and not be as excited as he should be about his training.
Have frequent or as necessary mini-training sessions to reinforce and keep the rules fresh in your dog’s mind. Often, people feel that they don’t need to continue working with their dog after it has finished training. You can encourage your dog to adopt good habits. This is why you must make sure that you have a rule system that is strict for your dog.
Rather than waiting another minute for your dog to soil the carpet, chew up your furniture and shoes or make a fool of itself at the local dog park, get started with a training program by using any of these simple, effective and proven tips and tricks, for teaching your dog.