Dog training should really be called human training. The reason behind the name being, one must first be trained in the knowledge and methodology of how to actually train a dog. You’re not born with knowledge of canine training, so you need to learn how to do it. The information below should help anyone develop these needed skills.
When you verbally correct your dog, do it quickly and concisely. Don’t scream and yell and throw a fit. Say NO and redirect your dog to the desired behavior. Be sure your command tone of voice gets their attention and shows that you’re serious.
Every command should be giving with the same tone and volume. This lets them know you’re serious and that they must obey. Good consistent tones also let your dog know when tones are sharp for discipline or for a command that is not punishment.
Be ready with a favorite treat when your dog successfully completes a command. It is important for your pet to understand that you have certain expectations, what those expectations are, and that he will be rewarded for complying. This can establish right from wrong quickly and efficiently.
You need to teach your dog how to walk when on a leash. Not only is this safer for the dog and easier on your body, such a frequent activity mandates good self-control and reinforcement of the chain of command from training.
One of the first commands you need to teach your dog is how to step away from things you do not want him to touch. This is great if the dog chews on household furniture or other items, such as shoes, stuffed animals, or trash.
Pay attention to the length of your puppy training sessions. Dogs can quickly lose focus when you prolong activities. Try limiting training sessions to 10 minutes or less.
You have to train your dog not to bark when you don’t want them to. When he barks, show him his favorite treat, and repeat the command. “Quiet” works well. Then, allow them to have the treat. As time passes your dog will understand that his incessant barking is not allowed.
Split treats into bite-sized pieces to keep rewards from affecting your dog’s daily diet, weight or overall health. Many people do not factor in treats when they are tabulating a pet’s diet, but they do add up, particularly while you are training.
Using a loose leash is key when you are training your dog to accept a leash. When you take your dog out for a walk, he will want to explore. This eagerness can cause them to pull against the leash if it’s held too tightly. Smart owners are quick to discourage this by rewarding the animal for leaving slack on the leash.
Leashes can be a new concept for puppies, so have them begin preparing for it by wearing a collar during playtime. It is important that your pup gets used to wearing the collar so that it can use a leash correctly and so that it has proper ID tags in case it gets lost.
Now that the people who are interested in training their new pet dog have, hopefully, learned some new tricks, they can proceed to pass them along to their pets. Once a dog is on its way to learning, the owner will begin to appreciate the dedication that he or she has shown for doing the right thing for man’s best friend.