If you are like most people and want your home to be clean, having a trained dog is crucial. But, training is a difficult process many have difficulty with. This article will remedy that.
If you are trying to train a dog that seems unresponsive and even aggressive, check to see that the dog’s basic needs have been met. A dog that doesn’t get enough attention, for example, will be grumpy and not respond well to training. And of course a hungry dog will be unlikely to respond as well.
When house-breaking your puppy, choose a specific phrase to use when it’s time to go outdoors. Every single time you take your pup to do his business, say something like “need to go out?”. It does not matter the phrase you choose, as long as you keep it consistent. This will keep him focused, and will teach him to associate those words with the action of relieving himself.
When you are training a dog, it is crucial that you never use physical punishment when the dog behaves badly or wrongly. Striking your dog won’t teach them to listen to you; it will only teach them to be afraid of you. It may even train them to become aggressive towards people.
Pay attention to the length of your dog training sessions. If you spend too much time doing one training exercise, your dog will become bored. Ten minutes is about the length of time a dog can handle.
Use primary reinforcement to train your dog. The dog has a reward they love given when they are good. Primary reinforcements include using food as treats and rubbing your dog’s belly. This way, the dog can learn how he can get things he wants.
Watch the tone you use when you discipline your dog. Dogs are very intuitive. Talking sternly is a good tone when you are teaching discipline.
Correcting your dog with a short, sharp and clear message will really get the point across. Too often people explain wrong doings to their dog in complete and complex sentences, leaving the animal completely perplexed. Be brief, firm and repeat the same phrase for the same bad behavior every time.
Dogs much like people all have their own personality. Some dogs can just be more difficult to train than others for whatever reason. If someone has a dog like this that is not responding to training or otherwise acting difficult sometimes the right choice is to seek a professional dog trainer for help and information.
You won’t have to use dog treats forever to train your dog. As time goes by and your dog starts to learn, their obedience will increase and they will obey your orders as a habit as opposed to an action that gets rewarded with treats. It is also nice to use one form of praise when your dog performs as you asked.
After reading all this advice, you should have an idea on how you can approach training your dog and keeping your home clean. Look for ways that you can extend training lessons to apply to behaviors both indoors and outdoors. As you explore these ideas, you will be closer and closer to having an obedient pet.