Some dogs are born naturally perfect, but most of them will need some guidance. Apply this advice as you work hard to groom a happy and healthy member of your family.
Crates should feel like a safe place to puppies. So, you should never use them as a way to discipline your dog. Dogs may need to be familiarized with the crate to feel comfortable and secure in it. There are many tricks that you can try to make it easier for both of you. If they shy away from the crate, try placing a chew bone and shutting its gate when they are not inside. They will see and smell the bone and will want you to let them in there to get it. After they have entered the crate, be sure to give them praise so they understand that they have done a good thing.
Gradual increments are easiest on your dog when going through crate training. As soon as they start to feel comfortable in the crate when the door is open, try closing the gate and have them eat inside. Start off with small periods, for example 10 seconds or so, and gradually increase crate time. If your puppy gets upset, then you may need to slow down and have more patience with them.
Teething is painful, and providing chew toys helps alleviate the pain. Keep items that are potentially more painful out of reach. Instead of allowing it to continue chewing on your important furniture or toys, provide a well-loved chew toy. Teething can cause puppies significant pain. Give them relief by letting them chew on a washcloth that is wet and frozen.
Dogs have great focus and can focus on one thing, ignoring everything else, until something breaks their attention. With enough training, your dog should be able to pay more attention to your orders.
A number of repetitions will be necessary before your dog will be able to master a new command. It may take 25-50 tries before your dog understands a command consistently and thoroughly. Firmly and steadily repeat the command. Remain patient and eventually the command will be learned.
Use the same hand signal or voice command to get your dog’s attention. Use your dog’s name when giving a command. Get his attention with his name and then follow that with what you want him to do. Dogs are more likely to respond immediately whenever their name is called because they are aware that you want their attention.
When you go out with your dog, always pay attention to other dogs and animals you come across. You should not assume every dog is friendly; some dogs may be aggressive. Refrain from walking near dogs that are aggressive.
Although your dog may be very unruly, do not despair. Most dogs could be trained by knowing proper techniques and by having perseverance. Make use of the tips you just read to minimize the hardship involved in training your dog while maximizing the results at the same time.