One extremely annoying, but very natural, dog trait is incessant barking. This not only can be a disruption for you, but also will prove to be a nuisance for your neighbors. This article will go in depth regarding why your dog barks, and what are the best ways to prevent unwanted barking.
Small steps, gentle ways and patience are all a part of getting your puppy used to their crate. Once your dog is accustomed to being in the crate, try closing the door and giving your pet a treat through the wire. Begin by leaving the dog in the crate for about ten seconds, then increase that time by small increments. If the dog shows signs of distress, you may be progressing too quickly.
Prepare to administer lessons to your dog repeatedly. Most dogs will not pick up a new command with just one or two tries. Sometimes it is helpful to focus on one or two commands a day so that through your sessions you are repeating enough times to fix the commands solidly in your dog’s memory.
Food and treats can be your ally in training your dog to seek out his crate. Allow your dog to find strategically placed bits of food and a few treats every once in awhile when he returns to his crate. He will make it a habit of checking the crate out more regularly just in case something else has miraculously appeared there.
When you first get your puppy don’t expect him to learn a large number of commands in a short amount of time. Your puppy needs time to acclimate to his new environment. During this time, it is possible to teach him two or three simple commands. Do not move on to other commands until your puppy has mastered these.
You want to begin your dog training as early as possible, but not too early. You want to wait until the dog is at least 49 days old before you begin trying to train them. But after that, you’ll want to begin quickly so that your dog can learn while he’s still adapting to his environment, and you don’t have to undo behavior that he’s already learned.
Disciplined leash walking is very important in dog training. This helps keep both you and your dog safe when going on walks.
Patience is the greatest virtue in dog training. This will reduce anger, stress and tension when you train your dog. Keep in mind that dogs do wish to please their owners, but cannot always understand what is desired of them.
When training your dog to deal with its fear or anxiety related behaviors, go slow. Responding to a fear or anxiety response with aggression only leads to more fear and even mistrust. Take your time and give your dog the opportunity to succeed. He will grow in confidence and reduce fear induced behaviors.
When potty training your dog, be consistent. Establish one, specific place for your dog to do his business. Take him there at the same times daily (e.g. when you first get up in the morning, when you get home from work, and just before bed). Praise your dog when he does his business in the right place at the right time. If he has an accident in the house, tell him “No!” firmly, and take him out to his potty place.
Learning to listen to your dog will make you a better trainer of him. Animals are not robots that can be programmed and your dog has a personality with preferences and quirks, just like you. Understanding the nuances of your dogs expressions will help you decipher more in training and therefore, expand your ability to teach him.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is to ensure that you make it absolutely clear to your dog what it is that your are disciplining it for. This is important to avoid confusion and to teach the dog what is desired and what is undesired behavior. An example of what to avoid is hitting your dog hours past and in a different room from where it shredded your couch.
In conclusion, nobody wants to hear your dog bark. There are many different reasons why your dog barks, and it is important to understand the root cause. As long as you follow the tips and tricks in this article, you should be able to reduce or eliminate unwanted barking from your dog.