Training your dog can feel overwhelming if you haven’t attempted it before. There are a ton of resources out there, and it could make you wonder where to start! Below are just a few tips to assist you in getting started at training your dog effectively.
It takes a while for a dog to get comfortable in a crate. Don’t take it too fast; introduce the dog at his own pace. Once they have grown accustomed to being in the crate with the gate open, try closing the gate and feeding them small treats through the crate. In the beginning it is important to only leave the dog in the crate for a few seconds. After a while you will be able to leave them in the crate for longer amounts of time. If the dog becomes upset, then you need to take a step back and slow down the training.
When you verbally correct your dog, do it quickly and concisely. Do not whine and complain to your pet about their bad behavior. Say NO and redirect your dog to the desired behavior. Also make sure that the volume of your voice commands their attention and lets them know that you mean business.
Your dog should be eating the right amount of healthy food. It is entirely up to you to provide a good diet for your pet. Without proper nutrition, your dog’s general health will suffer and there may also be direct effects on behavior. A simple improvement to their diet will work wonders in how a dog feels, and make it much easier for them to have a clear mind during training.
If you house train your puppy, keep in mind that everything that goes in is eventually coming back out. To help your pup develop a regular bathroom schedule, feed it quality food two or three times each day, always at particular times. This way, you will have a good idea of when your pup needs to go out, so that there is less of a chance that an accident will occur.
When training, find a verbal clue your pet can understand so they will know exactly when to do as you say. Using an affirmative word can help your dog understand they did their part and it is time for a treat.
Hopefully, you have learned something useful and new from this article. Remember these tips as a guide to helping you train your dog, so both you and your dog will be very happy.