Getting a dog will make keeping your house clean much harder until you get your dog trained. Yet there are a lot of people who don’t know how to properly train their dogs, the best way to do that is to learn as much as you can about how to train your dog. Tips like the ones in this article should help you do that.
Your training sessions must be long enough for your dog to learn the desired behavior but no so long that he becomes bored. Start out with a small training session and up the time every day. When your dog loses interest, quit for the day.
Dogs will focus on something and ignore all else unless something breaks that attention. After you do this enough times, it will become easier for you to get your dog’s attention. The dog will look for your signals.
Learning how to show authority is the foundation of all dog training. You need to establish your authority, or he will ignore your commands. Avoid allowing your dog to lead you during walks. Instead, walk in front of your dog to show that you are the leader of this pack.
To strengthen your training efforts, you can use a designated verbal command to help your animal understand what your expectations are and when they have been fulfilled. Words like “yes” could be an effective way of communicating to your dog that he has done something you are pleased about.
You can show your dog how to do tricks, get some treats. Begin by getting the dog to lay down. The next step is to palm the treat and hold your hand beside your dog’s head. Slowly raise the treat over your dog’s head to the opposite side. He should follow the treat with his nose, causing him to roll his whole body over. Each time he sways to one side, tell him to “roll over”. Keep doing this until the treat is no longer needed. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a few tries, once he learns this trick he’ll be the star of the dog park!
Your training sessions should be short. By keeping the sessions short you will be able to hold your dog’s attention. Allow you dog a break every fifteen and then resume training if desired.
Use primary reinforcement when training your dog. Primary reinforcement is a positive reinforcement training strategy that relies heavily on things your dog already enjoys. This can be a belly rub, a favorite toy or a tasty treat. The best rewards are things your dog already likes and wants.
If your dog’s barking is driving you nuts, you might try acclimating the animal to whatever stimuli is causing the undesirable excitement. It could be a particular sound or it could be the experience of being in front of other animals or people. Your goal is to show your pet that barking is not an appropriate response to these common stimuli.
When training a dog it is important to teach him good habits from the start. it is more difficult for your dog has to unlearn bad habits than it is to teach him good habits. Giving your dog scraps from the table is just training the dog that begging gets results, so don’t do it!
A loose leash is important for training. Canines are prone to being explorers when they are out and about. Because they are so eager, they will probably strain the leash. The smart owner discourages this behavior, teaching the dog to walk with a slack leash instead.
A useful tip for puppy training is to avoid rewarding the dog for bad behavior. When this happens, you are teaching your dog that he is boss. For example, this occurs when you give a dog a treat every time it makes loud noises.
One of the first commands your dog should learn is “down.” This command will be useful if you need to keep your dog from jumping on someone. When the animal is familiar with the ‘down’ command, he can be more effectively controlled with little advance warning. This is important when others’ safety is at stake.
There is no denying that dogs possess certain innate urges and behaviors, and therefore it is necessary that they be allowed to exhibit them on occasion. Feed your dog a balanced diet, give them space to run, and provide them with activities that will burn energy.
Is your dog a leash puller? Pulling is very common and very easy to cure. A good harness can stop the problem dead in its tracks.
“Sit” can be taught simply by holding a treat above the dog. Pass that treat over their head so that your hand moves behind them. This will cause him to look up as he tries to follow your hand. This will cause your dog to sit once their head cannot go back any further, thus teaching them to sit.
During training sessions, don’t hesitate to discourage your pet from performing unwanted actions. You should say ‘no’ to your dog in a tone that is firm. Don’t raise your voice or strike your dog. This will teach your dog more bad behavior. Dogs can’t remember much for very long. A long period of time between the behavior and the correction will confuse your dog.
Your dog should not get a cold voice from you because of a personal conflict with another human or the fact you got stuck in traffic. Dogs react to the tone of a human voice, so be careful not the be harsh to them without provocation.
As this article has shown, there are many tactics that can help you train your dog. It is important to formulate a concrete strategy with regards to training your dog, and keep that strategy consistent. If you do, your dog will be well on its way to good behavior.