Having a well-trained dog can provide your home with a happy balance. Training allows the dog to know what is expected of them. Once trained, you will not have to worry about behavior problems when taken out into public or left home alone. While the process takes considerable time and effort, training your dog to respect commands, do tricks, and behave properly will make it all worthwhile.
Make sure to let your pet know a crate is their home initially. At meal times, try to place their food in the crate by leaving the door wide open while they’re eating. The crate will then become associated with the food they love.
You should establish certain feeding habits for your dog. Your dog should be fed at the same time everyday and they should only have a certain amount of time to eat. By doing this, your dog will eventually learn to finish their food in one sitting, making feeding a little easier on you.
When training your dogs, always use the same tone of voice and volume level when you give a command. The tone should be firm, so your dog understands that you are issuing a command, not a suggestion. It can also help the dog realize the distinction between disciplinary tones and other types of commands.
Make sure that both you and your dog enjoy the daily training. By playing games with your dog, a strong bond will develop between the two of you, which helps the dog respond in a positive manner during training. Training is fun for the dog, but you should set aside some real “play time” as well.
Your dog does not need to respond to you saying “no”. Find some positive ways to enforce training when you train your dog. It takes more than a single syllable to elicit the desired response from your dog. Every dog and situation is unique and you should adapt your strategies accordingly.
Continue training throughout the dog’s entire life to ensure positive results. Training should not stop because he is not a puppy anymore. Your dog will continue to be obedient if you use reinforcements. Continuing discipline with them will reduce the chances of bad behavior appearing.
Desensitize your dog to the cause of their barking in order to reduce the behavior. Maybe it’s a specific sound, or perhaps it’s being near other people or certain animals. Your dog will know the difference and will understand that there’s no reason to bark when presented these situations.
Consistency is extremely important in any training program. When others are involved in the training, everyone should be on the same page and use the same commands. It will make it easier for the dog if it only has a simple set of commands and knows what to expect when it obeys.
Most of all, training a dog lays out the dog/owner relationship rules. You enjoy each other much more once those guidelines are outlined. You must continue to reinforce what you are teaching your dog. Keep his knowledge sharp and stay on top of any deviations in his behavior. Once the basic dog training skills are mastered, the world is your oyster when it comes to working with your dog.