Having a dog can enrich your life tremendously, but it can also come with its share of difficulty. Many owners simply do not know how to effectively handle canine behavioral problems, and can sometimes make the dog’s behavior worse. If this is your situation, then relax – we’re here to help!
Never punish your dog, or discipline him, after the fact. If you find that he urinated on the carpet earlier in the day, punishing him now won’t help. Dogs cannot reason and have very short term memories, so they will not associate the earlier accident with the punishment at hand.
If your dog is running away from you, don’t try to chase him. Instead, call him by name and give a command, such as “come.” Your pet views chasing as a game and thinks you want to play along. The exception to this tip would be if your dog is about to enter a dangerous situation and has not responded to your commands.
Little dogs like Dachshunds that like to hide and burrow may enjoy beds or hideaways intended for cats. A tube type play structure or a cat bed that is covered and made of soft, flexible foam and faux fur may be exactly what your Doxy wants to curl up in secret!
Dog training is an activity that needs to be done frequently. When trying to teach a dog a new behavior one needs to be repetitive. By frequently demonstrating the proper activity or saying the command word it will help the dog learn it. The repetition will facilitate learning of new behaviors for the dog.
To train a dog how to act around people and guests in your home, it is crucial that the dog is socialized with other people. This contact with people, especially people who are new to your dog, will allow you to train the dog on how he should react. This is very useful to the training process.
Training doesn’t only happen during designated training sessions. Every time you interact with your pup, you are training him. Make sure to stay consistent in your commands and requests and to continue to reinforce those good behaviors. If you are training him to stay off the couch, don’t let him jump up there while you are watching a show. Stay consistent at all times with what you want him to do and you will see the rewards.
To keep your dog safe as you enter and exit the home, teach him to wait at doorways, and not move through a door until you give him a cue. Start by standing next to the door, saying the word “wait”, and then slowly open the door. If your dog tries to rush forward, immediately close the door again. Remind him to “wait” and then try to open the door again. Keep repeating this until your dog learns that the only way you will open the door is if he waits without rushing.
Use your pets name whenever you want to get his attention. Try to do this at least ten times a day, and never call your pet to you by name to punish him. This will help you to gain better control over your pet and establish a strong relationship.
Every owner owes it to their dog to know the basics of dog training. And the good news is that, even if you know little about canine behavior, there are simple and very easy steps you can take to develop a more positive and healthy relationship with your dog.