Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend and having a dog as a pet is proven to help owners be happy and live longer. In addition to companionship, dogs can prove helpful, but only if they are trained appropriately. Whether you want to train a dog simply for obedience or for a specific function, read on for some tips.
Reinforcement is a key element in dog training. Reinforcement only works, however, when it is executed with the proper timing. Excitedly saying, “Good girl!” just a few seconds too late has little positive impact on the dog’s future performance in terms of the desired act. Reinforcement for desired behavior should be immediate.
Crate training requires extreme consistency. When the dog is let out of the crate, it is necessary to give him a chance to relive himself right away. Over time, the puppy will learn to wait until he is in this location.
As you begin training your dog, create a verbal cue that allows your pet to understand the exact moment that they correctly complete your command. It’s faster to tell your dog “yes” than it is to find and give it a treat.
The basics of training your dog involve rationing food and physically showing the dog what to do. By rationing the food your dog gets throughout the day, you can use treats during training more effectively. By physically moving the dog you can “force” the dog to understand what you intend the dog to do, in response to a certain command.
Being a proactive pet owner is the first step in training your pooch. An owner who anticipates troublesome situations for their dog, and works to keep him away from those situations whenever possible, will have a better behaved animal. Extensive training will not be as necessary if you get to know your dog so you can anticipate his actions.
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.
Praise is key to reinforcing good behavior during training. Smile at your dog and give them treats to reinforce good behavior. Don’t reward any bad behavior or it will be reinforced.
All of the things you teach your dog are going to be a part of their behavior and personality. This is especially important when it comes to playtime. Keep directing your dog toward positive behavior without damaging it with negative behavior.
As was alluded to earlier, dogs are great companions, either as simple pets or for specific uses. Now that you have read this article, you know a few things about training your dog to do the things you want but not other things you don’t. Keep these tips in mind and make your pet relationship a happy one.