If you are a new dog owner, then you are surely curious about the best tips for canine training. Here are a few tips you can use to get started.
Make sure that your dog stays awake and active. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a “mutt rut” with a dull and listless routine. A bored dog is very difficult to train. Your dog will be more relaxed and willing to listen if he is exercised frequently. Before every training session, prepare your dog by taking them for a walk.
It is best to train your pet without unintentionally affirming his undesirable behaviors and mistakes. This means you must not reward your dog with attention or treats for doing something you don’t want it to do. If they jump on you, don’t pet them, for example.
With patience and a handful of tasty treats, you can easily teach your pet to roll over. The dog has to lay down first. Next, you must hold one treat close to the floor off to one side of their head and slowly bring it up and over the dog’s head to the opposite side. He will probably follow the treat, rolling side to side as it moves. Be sure to say ROLL OVER as your dog is rolling. Eventually, he will learn to perform the trick upon command. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a few tries, once he learns this trick he’ll be the star of the dog park!
When you are training a pet you need to speak to them in a even and stern tone. Your tone will indicate that you’re serious and to be respected. It also allows your dog to realize the differences in each command.
Teach your pet the proper way to walk on a leash. This will help to keep both of you safe while taking walks.
Never allow your training sessions to run on for too long. Your pet probably lacks a generous attention span, making it more likely that he will thrive on brief training sessions. If you desire to do a lot more training, be sure to give your dog breaks in between training sessions.
A training program that pushes the limits of a dog’s attention and endurance is not likely to produce good results. Keep your training sessions short and sweet, this will help your puppy be more focused. If you try to do too much, the puppy will probably not remember much except that it was an unpleasant experience, and that will make it more difficult when the time comes for the next training session.
Do not quit when you are training your dog. Dogs need consistent reinforcement in what you have taught them so they remember the good behaviors and don’t revert back to their old, disobedient ways they had before training. Training is something you do with your dog all the time, just like feeding and grooming him.
It’s important that your dog enjoy training and look forward to training sessions. Aim for a 10-15 minute training session, which is optimal for the dog’s attention span. The reward system can be generous and filled with surprises. You should praise your dog when he or she does a good job. When you take a more positive approach to discipline, the process becomes far more enjoyable.
Even though it may not be easy, you should always be patient with your dog. Remember that your dog doesn’t speak your language or really know what you’re saying most of the time. He will pick up on gestures and tones you give off rather than what you are actually saying. If you find you are getting frustrated to the point where you cannot stay calm, take a break from training.
As you’ve read, puppy training may be a great way to get your dog to learn new tricks and behave better. By using the tips listed above, you will be moving forward in the dog training world.