Any pet owner will agree that proper dog training techniques are critical to a happy, fun-filled home life. The best way to embark on the process is to thoroughly educate yourself about effective methods that have stood the test of time. By taking these tips to heart, you and your pet will be well on your way to a cooperative, symbiotic relationship.
Training your dog is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your pet. Teach your dog one command at a time. Tell your dog to sit, and when they do, give them a treat. Once they have mastered one command, you can move on to the next. Training your dog will provide a more peaceful relationship between you and your pet. Your dog will know that you are in command, and listen to what you want them to do.
The best way to prevent your dog from barking excessively, is to make him more comfortable with whatever it is he barks at so frequently. Dogs bark at anything that scares of threatens them, so if you show your dog that the object of their fear is nothing to be afraid of, he’ll stop barking.
As you are working to house train your pet, select a single term or phrase that you will use. By using a dedicated expression to handle training commands, you can make it easier for your pet to focus and make connections. Although it sounds silly to repeat something like “poopie time!” over and over, the consistency will help your dog make the right link between being taken outside and relieving himself.
Many puppies like to use their mouths to play because that is how they played with their litter mates. This should be discouraged as soon as possible after your puppy comes home. It may be cute when a seven pound puppy pulls on your arm or shirt sleeve, but I assure you, it isn’t as cute when a fifty pound dog does it.
If you use treats for positive reinforcement when training your dog, be sure that you use them sparingly. If the dog receives a treat every time it follows one of your commands, it will learn that treats and obedience go together, not you and obedience. If you stop giving treats at that point, the dog will stop obeying.
A great way for your dog to learn new skills (or brush up on some old ones) is to attend classes at your local dog training center. If you are not sure of where to take him, your friends or veterinarian may be able to help you find a place that best suits your needs.
If you don’t want your new puppy to chew on your belongings, take ownership of them and keep them out of his reach. A new puppy is naturally inclined to chew, and a fresh shoe or purse can look very inviting. If you only keep items that the puppy is allowed to have within his reach, your valuables will remain safe.
When training a dog that is not housebroken it is important to limit the dogs time to roam around the house. By keeping the dog always by the owner it reduces the time it has to go to the bathroom in the house. The dog will not want to go by the owner and must hold it until let outside.
A good tip is to get a breed of dog that matches your lifestyle. If you have kids, you’ll want a breed that’s good with kids. Chihuahuas have become really popular over the years and many families have started buying them. They aren’t great with kids however, and a lot of them are being left in shelters.
Never, ever reward your dog for bad behavior so that you can quickly stop it. This only tells your dog that it has the choice to do whatever he wants and that you are under his power. In other words: no treats are to be given to barking dogs.
There is little room for debate about the importance of dog training in the lives of pet owners and their families. Making sure that a pet exhibits the proper level of obedience is something that requires a comprehensive understanding of sound training methodology. Put these tips to work today, and you will soon have the well-behaved companion you desire.