Some dog owners are blessed with naturally obedient animals. You might not be one of them, but that’s no reason to sit still and put up with a willful dog who acts aggressive, behaves improperly in the house, or refuses to obey simple commands. Use these tips to transform your pet into a happy and well-adjusted furry friend.
When you are working on crate training with your new dog or puppy, always take steps to let them know it’s their home. Leave food near or inside the crate and leave the door open. This will help the dog make a positive association between the food and the crate.
When crate training your new puppy, take it in small manageable steps so the animal can become accustomed to the changes easily. When your dog appears to be at ease while inside the crate with the door ajar, you can help him adjust to the crate even further by slowly latching the door and rewarding him with treats fed to him through the spaces between the wires. At first, leave the dog enclosed in the crate for only short periods of time, such as 10 seconds, and then gradually increase the duration. If the dog doesn’t like it, slow the process.
Spoken directions should be made using a simple, concise and forceful tone. Do not waste time ranting about how bad your dog is. Be firm and get them to do your bidding. Also make sure that the volume of your voice commands their attention and lets them know that you mean business.
You should never tether two dogs in close proximity to one another. One dog’s chain might become entangled with the other, which could lead to serious injuries. If dogs get tangled up too severely, one can get wrapped up so badly it could close off the airway, and he could die.
Make training for your dog a regular, repeated part of your time together to keep them familiar with the rules they’ve learned. A lot of times owners thing training is a one time event. However, pets and humans share similar habit systems. It is important that the training your dog receives is reinforced regularly.
When getting closer to a dog, move slowly and let the dog smell your hand. This allows the dog to get used to your scent and makes him much more likely to trust you. Once a dog recognizes your particular scent, he will be unafraid and willing to obey.
Practice patience when you are training your dog. This will cause you not to be frustrated and angry with your dog during this process. Your dog’s goal is to make you happy, but since he does not speak like a human does, it is harder for him to communicate.
“Leave it” is a command that should be taught and reinforced early on. This little command will save your furniture and possessions from getting chewed up, plus it keeps your dog away from dangerous or unclean items outside.
Successful puppy training for walks means being aware of any dogs or other animals you will encounter while walking. Not all dogs are friendly, and not all owners are responsible. If you see a dog acting aggressively or fearfully, avoid that dog.
Although your dog may be very unruly, do not despair. Many dogs may be trained with good techniques and some perseverance. Use the information here to make it easier to train your dog and get maximum results.