Training a dog is a frustrating endeavor, especially in the beginning. However, by learning from the following information, you can teach your dog to be well behaved and obedient.
Use a phrase on your puppy to house train him. Each time you let your dog out to relieve himself, use a phrase such as “go potty” so that he associates going outside with going to the bathroom.
As your dog progresses, you won’t need to exert so much control. The spectrum of freedom and obedience gives your dog the happy life he deserves. Avoid giving too much freedom early on, as this can easily counteract your training.
Don’t approach a strange dog too quickly. Hold our your hand and slowly move closer. Dogs need to familiarize themselves with the smell before they can trust you. After the dog knows your scent, he is unlikely to fear you and may be more willing to heed your command.
Begin training your dog with what may be easy for him to learn. This will be great for immediate gratification, and your dog will begin to understand what you expect along the way. Doing this will give you better results in your training.
You cannot rush through the training process. Remember that all dogs have short attention spans and puppies even more so. If training sessions are too long, the puppy won’t remember the specifics of the training session, just that is was grueling and exhausting. This will make it harder to train him next time.
A dog needs to be trained from the outset. It’s far easier to teach a puppy good habits than it is to deprogram bad habits. If you never feed your dog table scraps, he will not beg for them.
Use praise to re-enforce good behavior in your dog when training. Talk in a positive voice, smile and offer your dog some treats when it does something right. Just be sure you never reward your dog after a bad behavior.
Every time you interact with your dog, you’re molding its behavior. This is important to know, because you might undo certain desired behaviors inadvertently by teasing your dog or engaging in horseplay. Be sure that every action you take supports the behaviors you seek.
Is your dog getting enough nutrition? A dog who is not eating a healthy diet is much more prone to hyperactivity, bad behavior and aggressiveness. There are specialty foods available for individual dog breeds. You can try one of these if your dog’s energy seems low. Talk to your dog’s vet to make sure there aren’t any other issues.
Training should be seen as fun time to your dog. Training sessions should be kept to 10-15 minutes maximum so your dog enjoys the full benefits of his attention span. Reward your dog generously, when warranted. The more you reward your dog the more he will continue the positive behavior. This will make training and listening pleasurable for your dog.
Destructive chewing is often a result of anxiety. Leave your dog safely crated with a tough nylon or hard rubber toy, and he will have something to work on until you come home.
When you are adding a pet to your family, make sure that it is introduced slowly to existing pets. Imagine the animal in your home already, before making the commitment to bringing another one home with you. You should make sure to adopt a pet that fits your life and personality so that you can establish a good bond.
Be sure you don’t carry over emotions from outside into your canine training. The dog will pick up on an upset tone of voice, and become upset or afraid. If your dog has not misbehaved, you should treat him warmly.
If your dog barks a lot, try not to shout at it. If you shout at a barking dog, you might actually be reinforcing the behavior since your dog does not understand why you are doing it. Your dog may believe that you are yelling in reaction to the same thing he is barking at, causing him to bark more. Try to stay calm instead.
Get your dog used to the things they will encounter when going for a vet visit. Move your hands across his body as a vet would, and give him plenty of praise when he deals with it well. Practice handling both paw and teeth exams, by examining between the paw pads and lifting the dog’s jowls. Ask some of your family and friends to assist you with this.
If you do not mind having your dog go to the bathroom indoors, you should set aside an area for him to take care of business. Use potty pads in the acceptable area, and gradually reduce the size of the area to only one potty pad.
If you have to go to work, or something else that will keep you out of the house for more than a few hours, take your dog for a long walk before you leave. By letting them get some exercise before you go, they are less anxious and not so likely to run amok in the house and do damage.
Of all the stressful dog issues, chewing is the most destructive. Both your dog’s health and your personal property will benefit from avoiding chewing. Remove these items from areas where your dog could reach them. You should try to put some kind of mixture in a spray bottle that they do not like to spray on things that they like to chew on.
By using these new tips, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your dog with him being obedient. You will notice a positive change in your dog’s behavior as soon as you start utilizing these strategies.