The first few hours spent with a perky, peppy new puppy is joyous and memorable. That said, they can become overwhelming quickly. You may start to wonder why you bothered. However, you can avoid this situation by teaching your dog what you expect from him. This article covers some tips for training human’s favorite pet.
Commands and corrections should be short and straight to the point. Don’t scream and yell and throw a fit. Just say no and direct them on what it is you desire for them to do. Also speak with authority so they understand you mean business.
Give your puppy something it can chew to help it lessen teething pains, like a toy or a piece of rope. Keep any items you treasure out of reach of your puppy while it is teething. Offer your puppy a variety of acceptable items to chew on. Teething pain can be soothed by a washcloth that has been soaked in water and frozen.
Make training for your dog a regular, repeated part of your time together to keep them familiar with the rules they’ve learned. Too many owners tend to be under the impression that once they have trained their dog, that’s the end of it. Some dogs will revert back to negative behaviors if the training does not continue. For this reason, it is essential to make sure that your dog adheres to a clear-cut set of rules.
Training your pet to roll over very easy. Just remember to have treats in hand. First, place your dog in the “down” position. Then, position a treat near the floor to one side of him, raise it up and move it over to the opposite side. They should follow that treat with their nose, which should cause them to roll over. Whenever your dog does actually roll over, say “roll over” out loud. Repeating this over time forms a mental association in your dog’s mind that eventually causes him to roll over on command. Put your frustration aside and he’ll be performing this trick all over the place in no time.
Do not use shock collars. These devices are expensive and do not always work as well as you would expect them to. Plus, using shock collars could discourage your dog in having good behavior. These tools often do more harm than good.
Always treat a dog after completing tasks. You want them to know they did the right thing. This helps the dog understand what is right and what is wrong.
Try to get your dog on a regular feeding schedule. This will give you the opportunity to understand when your dog needs to go to the bathroom. Using this schedule can teach your dog how to hold their piddle until the upcoming potty break.
Make sure training periods are short in duration. Dogs have short attention spans. Having short training sessions will prevent training becoming a chore for your dog. If more training is desired, work in some break times so your dog can play before continuing with training.
Your dog must learn that there is no need for it to respond to your utterance of the word ‘no.’ Instead, use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors and gloss past the results that are not what you want. The word ‘no’ itself is not enough to make your dog understand they need to stop what they are doing. Not only is each situation different, every breed of dog is also different. Therefore, you should adjust your training based off your dog’s breed and the specific situation at hand.
The most successful training program is lifelong. You should not stop training your dog at the end of their puppy stage. By continually reinforcing desired behaviors, your dog will continue to behave appropriately.
“Quiet” is a command you will probably want to teach your dog. When your dog barks, show them a treat and repeat the order, for instance, ‘be quiet’ until it stops barking. At this time, give the treat to your dog. Repetition will ensure the dogs learns that quiet is a good thing.
Keep track of how many treats used to reward your dog every day for a healthy diet. When trying to feed their dogs a healthy diet, many people do not count the calories in the treats. These can add up fast.
Be aware of the other dogs when taking yours for a walk. Certain dogs often display aggression, and it can be dangerous to make the assumption that all dog owners have done the right thing regarding training. When a dog seems unwelcoming, stay far away from them.
Even when he tries your patience, you must consistently show patience and care. Remember that your dog doesn’t speak your language or really know what you’re saying most of the time. The only thing it can understand is your tone and physical gestures. It will not know why you are behaving in such a manner. Stay calm and take breaks during training to ensure it stays positive.
There are many elements to canine training; patience may be the most important. Using the above advice will have you and your dog loving one another for many years. It won’t happen overnight, but by being consistent in your training, you will create a much happier home for both of you.