Like every other dog owner, you dream of a well-behaved pooch. This article will make sure you’re training your future show dog correctly.
It is best to train your dog in a crate that is the right size. Puppies grow up quickly. Get a crate that is the right size for your dog when it gets older. Dogs need room to move about and lie down, and they should not be cramped.
Have verbal cues so that your pet will know exactly when they complete a command correctly. The word “yes” can be the bridge between rewards and good behavior.
Keep treats on hand to reward your pet for doing good. The first step is a simple “lay” command. Then, position a treat near the floor to one side of him, raise it up and move it over to the opposite side. He will follow the treat by rolling over. Upon seeing him roll over, issue the command. You can then repeat the command to the point where he rolls over without the added incentive of a treat. Put your frustration aside and he’ll be performing this trick all over the place in no time.
Whenever you’re training your dog, be sure and use the same vocal tone when giving commands. This will let him know you are serious and he needs to listen. Good consistent tones also let your dog know when tones are sharp for discipline or for a command that is not punishment.
Make sure a reward is always handy for whenever the dog does what you want. They need to know that the behavior they have done is exactly what you wanted them to do. Doing so leaves no question as to whether a behavior is considered acceptable or strictly forbidden.
“Leave it” is a very important command that teaches your dog to drop whatever it is holding. This should be the first command you teach. This simple command will get them to stop chewing on household items or furniture, and can keep them away from dirty or potentially dangerous items outside the home.
If your dog is a jumper, squeeze his paws when he jumps on you to let him know he cannot do this any longer. This will not hurt if done lightly, but it will be an uncomfortable feeling. Since it is so uncomfortable, they’ll avoid jumping on people.
Try to keep accidents at a minimum when toilet training your dog. Watch for signals that your dog has to go out to relieve himself. Pacing back and forth and showing you more attention are types of triggers. Don’t put it off when your dog is doing these things. Quickly leash your pet and lead him to an area where he can relieve himself. Be sure to give him praise for proper toileting. The dog will eventually give you a sign when he needs to go out.
You cannot rush through the training process. Puppies do not have a very long attention span and limited energy, keep it brief and positive. If you overdo it, he is likely to forget everything he learned and simply remember the experience in an unfavorable light, making it that much harder for you the next time you attempt the training.
In conclusion, it’s important that your dog is trained. Whether your dog is a mutt or an AKC masterpiece, everything you’ve just read will allow you develop his skills and personality more fully. While not all the methods listed here may work for every dog or owner, hopefully, these tricks will help you to teach your dog correctly.