Having a well-behaved dog can lead to a much better relationship between you and your pet. A well-trained dog is a more pleasant companion and makes owning a pet more rewarding. Keep reading to build a better pet-owner relationship.
If you are attempting to crate train your dog, remember that it is a multi-step process. As soon as they start to feel comfortable in the crate when the door is open, try closing the gate and have them eat inside. Only keep the gate closed for short periods of time at first and increase time slowly. If the dog becomes upset, then you need to take a step back and slow down the training.
When trying to train your dog, avoid accidentally reinforcing negative behaviors. Essentially, you must not give your dog something positive, like attention or a treat, when it behaves in a way you want to classify as negative. For instance, it will be difficult or impossible to train your dog not to jump on people if you give your pet a friendly neck-scratch when he or she jumps on you.
As you start training your dog, establish verbal cues that let your dog understand when they have performed something correctly. For example, using the word “yes” can let your dog know they can retrieve their reward.
Set small, easy goals when you start training your dog. Not only will you achieve gratification due to your success, but your dog will know what acceptable behavior is. This will produce better results as you proceed with training.
Do not spend too much time in any one training session with your dog. Your dog is going to get bored doing the same thing over and over. Keep first training lessons to 10 minutes or less.
The best way to train a dog is by using positive reinforcement. Use a soft tone to let your dog know you are satisfied and give it some small treats too. Never hit or shout at your dog. Not only does it not work, it encourages the belief by the dog that you have no idea what is going on. Stay positive but stand your ground when training your dog.
It is important that you teach your dog proper behaviors from day one. it is more difficult for your dog has to unlearn bad habits than it is to teach him good habits. If you do not want your pet to beg for food, you should never encourage it by feeding it table scraps.
Using a loose leash is key when you are training your dog to accept a leash. When dogs are going for a walk, they will often want to check out new territory. Because of their eagerness; they tend to strain on the limits of a leash. A smart owner discourages behavior such as this, and encourages the dog to walk without pulling.
Dog owners are often amazed at how easy it is to train even the most problematic pet. A solid training program and a dedicated owner can achieve results quickly and with as little stress as possible. Though personal changes and training techniques, the behavior of the dog can improve.