Your dog is important to you, but so are your possessions. Unfortunately, he does not appreciate things like you do. If something looks like a tasty chew toy, it will probably get chewed. Read on to find out how to train your dog so your life can be less stressful.
You can try a little bit of ingenuity if you are going with crate training for your indoor dog or puppy. If your puppy doesn’t like being in his crate, put a dog treat or chew bone in it and close the door to keep him out. Temptation wins with this exercise; your dog will be eager to enter the crate when a treat is waiting for him. When they go inside to get the bone, give them lots of positive reinforcement.
Make sure to give your puppy plenty of toys that are okay to chew, so that he isn’t tempted to chew other things that aren’t okay to chew. Immediately replace it with one of his designated chew toys. If your puppy seems to be suffering a lot from teething, a frozen washcloth to chew on can give him some relief.
Avoid reinforcing negative behavior. Withhold treats and attention when your dog exhibits any undesirable behaviors. For instance, don’t pat your dog on the head if it’s jumping up on you.
It is very easy to teach a pooch to roll over as long as you have some tasty treats on hand. The dog has to lay down first. The next step is to hold a treat close to the floor by the dog’s head then continue to move the treat over his head until you reach the other side. His nose will track that treat and his body will 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. It will take some work, but keep on trying!
Do not use shock collars. In many cases, they do not live up to the advertising expectations created, and are just more money than more effective and traditional training tools. They can cause your dog to be confused about all their behaviors. These tools often do more harm than good.
When training your pet, see to it that you get its attention all the time. Begin commands by using his name. Using their name will help to personalize your command. Using your dog’s name lets him know you want his attention.
Your dog does not need to respond to you saying “no”. While training your pet, you need to give them a lot of positive praise and strokes. Saying ‘no’ is not a good command, and the dog won’t know how to react. Every dog and situation is unique and you should adapt your strategies accordingly.
Avoiding accidents entirely is the best way to toilet train a dog. Watch your dog and recognize the signs that he is ready for a trip outdoors. Common ones include whining, pacing and even consistent staring. If you see any of these signs, get him outdoors! Immediately pick up the leash and go outside to a preferred spot. Make sure you do plenty of praising when he does it right. At some point, he will start asking to go out.
Don’t give up on training your dog, no matter what. Your dog will need constant reinforcement, otherwise the behaviors and actions you have taught it may be lost. Consistent training is key to a happy relationship with your pup.
Keep your dog invested in its training by improving the treats as you go. Don’t use your dog’s everyday treats for training. You want to place special emphasis on their improvement in training.
Keep your dog’s yearly check-up appointments. If you have a hard time training your dog, you should take them to the vet. Dogs are great at hiding discomfort and pain. It’s the small behavioral changes which may alert you to the problem. In some cases, a dog will show pain through being aggressive. If your dog has a regression in it’s toileting training, it may be an urinary tract infection.
In conclusion, put a stop to your dog chewing on your items. This will keep your dog from injuring themselves while saving you quite a bit of money as well. When you apply the ideas you’ve just read, you are taking yourself one step closer to training your dog properly.