Many dogs are placed in shelters since they didn’t behave the way their owners wanted. Often, this can be avoided. Proper training can make any dog a valuable and loving asset for any family. A great dog can be yours; just read on.
There are few effective ways to approach the matter of crate training your puppy or dog. Many dogs are intimidated by the crate. To cure this, place something they enjoy in it and shut the door. A tempting bone will prove too hard to resist, and the dog will be panting to get into the crate in no time. When they go inside to get the bone, give them lots of positive reinforcement.
Make sure your dog is up and active often. Almost all dogs have short attention spans. If your dog is not receiving enough mental stimulation, it may not respond well to training. When your dog gets regular exercise, he will be much happier and will pay attention more easily. You and your dog can run or walk together daily.
Be consistent with your canine training to make sure your animal stays obedient to the rules it has been learning. Pet owners often believe that once their dog completes a training program, the process is over. However, pets and humans share similar habit systems. Make sure your dog has a regular routine.
Every command should be giving with the same tone and volume. They will know this tone of your voice and associate it with being in trouble. Doing this also ensures that your dog will know the difference between your “you’re in trouble” voice and your “do as I say” voice.
Patience is the greatest virtue in dog training. This ensures that you both do not get frustrated. Your pet wants you to be happy, but he or she cannot always understand the human language.
As you train your dog, be certain to gain his attention the same way every time. Use your dog’s name when giving a command. Secure the dog’s attention and then state what you wish him to do. Using your dog’s name lets him know you want his attention.
Your training your dog needs to be consistent. If there are several family members involved in training a dog, ensure each person uses the same techniques and commands. The dog will have an easier time learning if he has only one set of commands to learn and if he knows what response each behavior will receive.
You do not want to over-stress your new pup by trying to teach him too much too quickly. Brief, simple, positive training sessions are well-suited to the limited supply of energy and attention a pup has to work with. If you try to rush and throw in too much information, your puppy will not remember the lesson and you’ll have a harder time training him.
You should always try to be aware of any other dogs when you are going for a walk with your dog. Sometimes, other dogs can get aggressive, as you want to keep your dog out of harms way. If you see an antisocial or aggressive dog, avoid having your dog be near it.
It is absolutely possible to have a happy and well mannered dog. It is imperative that you give your pet a lot of your time and attention. Abide by the advice above and you are on your way to owning a happy pet.