Any pet owner will agree that proper dog training techniques are critical to a happy, fun-filled home life. The best way to embark on the process is to thoroughly educate yourself about effective methods that have stood the test of time. By taking these tips to heart, you and your pet will be well on your way to a cooperative, symbiotic relationship.
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.
While training your dog, it is important to maintain a calm voice, even if you feel frustrated. If you get angry, your pet is not going to enjoy learning and will not respond well to your commands. Your dog should enjoy the training process rather than dread it.
Teaching dogs to roll over can be easy, provided some treats are on hand. First, have the dog lay down. Next, hold a treat near the floor on one side of his head, slowly bring the treat up and over the dogs head to the other side. This will cause your dog to use their nose to follow the treat. As a result, your dog will roll over. While he rolls, say “roll over” and repeat this action until he is able to roll over with only the command. This may take time, so don’t become frustrated.
When you are first starting out in training your dog, try to schedule the training sessions to take place at about the same time every day. If you are making the training sessions a positive experience and doing them on a schedule, your dog will start to look forward to the sessions and enjoy them more.
Keep your sessions short to accommodate a short attention span. Spending too much time just on one aspect of training will bore your dog and waste your efforts. Early on, your training sessions should be limited to less than 10 minutes.
Ensure that your dog gets 60 minutes of daily exercise on top of routine potty breaks or training periods. Making sure that your dog gets enough exercise makes your training sessions a lot more effective and it will also encourage your dog to have good behavior. If your dog gets exercise, they will be happier and more eager to learn.
If your dog is digging up your yard, they may be bored. The biggest cause of destructive behavior in dogs is boredom. Simply putting them out in a back yard does not necessarily mean they are getting exercise. Try making sure they have some activity by taking them for long walks, or if you must stay home, a long game of fetch. Your dog will be too tired out to bother digging.
There is little room for debate about the importance of dog training in the lives of pet owners and their families. Making sure that a pet exhibits the proper level of obedience is something that requires a comprehensive understanding of sound training methodology. Put these tips to work today, and you will soon have the well-behaved companion you desire.