When you first brought your dog home, you were probably having visions of Lassie, but there have probably been days that you were remembering Cujo more. With some training, you can have a well behaved pet.
Are you house training your dog? If so, then understand that the food and water they consume must come out at some point. In order to regulate your dog’s toileting habits, you should feed him a good quality food at the same times each day. By scheduling your feedings, you will be able to determine when you should take your dog out. This can greatly reduce the number of accidents.
When you buy a crate, ensure it is the correct size. Keep in mind that puppies get bigger. Choose a crate that is sure to be the right proportions for the adult dog you will eventually have. Your dog should be able to make itself comfortable in a crate big enough for it to toss and turn.
By training your dog, you are helping him to become a rule follower. Some dog owners make the mistake of thinking that once training has ended, no further action is required. Don’t allow your dog to get out of the habit of good behavior. That is why it is vital to ensure your dog maintains a strict rule system.
It is easy to train a roll with treats. First, place your dog in the ‘down’ position. Then hold one treat near his head and near the floor. Pull the treat over the dog until your hand is on the other side. He will probably follow the treat, rolling side to side as it moves. As he rolls over say out loud, ‘roll over.’ Repeat this until he rolls over with the command alone. This may take time, so don’t become frustrated.
Do not use shock collars and similar training devices. Often times, they do not work and are over priced. Plus, shock collars can discourage your dog from behaving properly. Generally, techniques such as these actually produce negative results.
As your dog gets better with training, you can start to give him or her more freedom. The spectrum of freedom and obedience gives your dog the happy life he deserves. Do not allow them freedom all at once, they might lose what they learned.
To train your dog efficiently, you must learn how to be firm with it. Never scream at your dog, you need to do the right thing and be nice to them and stern at the same time. This will strengthen the relationship between you and your dog.
Never stop training your dog. The dog does not stop learning as it grows older. When you work with your dog consistently to produce the best behaviors, you help your dog to remain healthy and happy. Discipline will keep him in line.
Don’t give a puppy too much information and training at once, or you’ll wear him out. A puppy only has short bursts of energy and doesn’t have a long attention; you’ve got to keep your training sessions positive and short. If you try too hard to train the puppy, he will probably just forget what you have taught him and will see the experience as bad. This will make it more difficult to train the puppy at a later time.
When training a dog it is important to teach him good habits from the start. Dogs find it much harder to break existing bad habits than to learn new, positive ones. If you do not want your pet to beg for food, you should never encourage it by feeding it table scraps.
Treats are great incentives when training a dog; however, treats can cause a dog to become overweight, so limit the number offered. Many people overlook treats when considering the animal’s diet, but they certainly add up, especially during active training.
It’s very important to never try to quickly stop a bad behavior by provide a reward. In doing so, you are essentially telling your dog that it is able to control you, not the other way around. For example, don’t attempt to stop unwanted barking by giving your dog a treat.
If your dog has an issue with barking, pay attention to potential triggers. When you understand these triggers, you will better understand how to stop the behavior. For instance, if the only time your dog barks too much is when visitors arrive, ask a friend to visit you to assist you in dealing with the behavior when the trigger event occurs.
One of the key factors in successfully training a dog is the commitment to devote sufficient time to the practice and to stick with a consistent schedule. Dogs learn best from consistency and repetition. Simply being with your dog on a regular basis will help him to recognize you as someone who is reliable and consistent. These are qualities that work in making you the pack leader
Many dog owners are surprised to find that dog training is a much easier and faster process than they had expected. If you are having behavior problems with your dog, read on for some solutions.