The family dog can be such a great member of your family. Just like children though, if they are not well behaved, then you will have a tough time taking them out in public, or even having company over. Take the time to read this article and use some of the tips listed here to get your pet on the road to obedience.
When training your dog, you should always give your dog only one order at a time. If you give your dog more than one command at the same time, your dog will be confused about what order it should follow. This will frustrate both of you. By giving your dog only one order at a time, it will better understand your commands which will lead to a higher success rate.
Teach your dog to “look” up to you, literally! Your dog should learn how to check in with you regularly, so he makes your direction a priority. Having him “look” at you randomly gets him comfortable with eye contact, heeling, and sticking close to your side. It’s an excellent way to establish a proper relationship!
To augment the training you’ve done with your dog, make sure if you are going to be leaving the house to leave your dog plenty of toys to play with. Many dogs go through separation anxiety when their owners leave. Having plenty of toys will help them fight this by replacing it with a squeaking raccoon toy.
When house training your new puppy, try hanging a string of bells on the front door. Every time you take the puppy outside to go potty, nudge the bells with the puppy’s foot. Eventually, the puppy will ring the bells on his own to go outside, saving you the frustration of missed signals.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety and gets restless when you are about to leave the house, you should feed your dog right before you leave. This will keep your dog busy while you prepare and distract it from the stressful situation. This should make the separation much easier.
Dogs learn through reinforcement. When your dog does something you approve of and you would like to train them to do that on command, reward them with your voice. Consider, for example, the dog that unpredictably brings his owner his slippers. The owner should excitedly say the word “slippers” or whatever word they chose as a command for that behavior.
Make training fun for you and your dog. Choose treats that your dog loves, and give lots of excited praise for good results and even good efforts. Keep sessions short and lively. Give your dog plenty of chances to succeed by practicing commands that he or she knows well, but also add variations and new lessons to keep training interesting.
Use the ‘shake-can’ method of training. Put a few coins in an empty soda can and seal it. When your dog misbehaves, shake the can once. It will startle the dog, and halt his behavior. Once you do this a few times, your dog will start to realize that his behavior is unacceptable. Only shake the can once, if you do it multiple times your dog will desensitize.
Basic training is crucial for a well-mannered, confident, happy, and relaxed dog…and their owner! There are many, many different tips on dog training available and you will find some that work for you. So put some of our tips into practice and go have fun with your dog!
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