If you’ve never trained a dog before, then this article is a good place to start your own training. Preparation is key to being a positive and effective trainer. Below are several ideas to help you begin your training journey.
Learning how to show authority is the foundation of all training your dog. If the dog does not understand that you have control he will ignore your commands and act with outright disobedience. For example, when you walk your dog you must be in front and you should insist your dog follows behind you.
As your dog gets better with training, you can start to give him or her more freedom. If you can instill a healthy sense of obedience with an appreciation for your love, you and your dog are guaranteed to enjoy your time together. Be cautious on not giving your dog too much freedom right away, because this could have a bad effect when it comes to your dog’s training.
Keep your tone of voice consistent when training dogs. Maintaining the same tone lets your dog know that you are serious and they should obey your commands. Your dog needs to understand that there is a difference between the tone you use to discipline your dog from the tone you use to give an order.
Your dog’s training should never end. Training should not stop because he is not a puppy anymore. By reinforcing positive behavior, your dog will remain obedient, just as continued discipline can stop poor behavior from taking hold.
Keep tabs on the number of treats you give to your dog as a reward in order to avoid making him gain weight. It’s very easy to overlook how many treats you give your dog, especially during a training session, but they add up if you don’t pay attention.
If you want to get rid of a behavior, stop rewarding this behavior. This is sure to send the message that the dog has free reign and can control you. An example would be giving the dog a treat ever time it starts to bark.
You should keep all of the training session pretty short. Any longer than fifteen minutes spent training your dog will exhaust his ability to concentrate and lead to frustration. After each session, you should play with your dog, reward and praise it.
Is your dog a leash puller? This is one of the most common complaints owners have about their dogs, and it’s also incredibly easy to remedy. Go to the pet supply store where you can buy a harness for a few dollars, as harnesses reduce pulling so that walks are enjoyable.
If you catch your puppy chewing on something that he shouldn’t be, stop him as soon as you catch him. This will help your puppy to learn what things he is allowed to chew and what he is not. He will then be less likely to chew on your belongings and instead will turn to his toys when he wants to chew.
Try using special or unique treats during training to make your dog more interested. Make the training treats extra special so they won’t confuse them with normal treats. Making the treats special and unusual will help your dog obey your commands faster. They understand they are getting something special and will work harder for it.
In conclusion, training your dog can be helpful to get them to behave and perhaps learn some new things. After following these tips, you will no longer be new to puppy training, instead you will be on your way to becoming a puppy training expert.