Much like a television or other electronic device, dogs must be programmed and trained to produce certain results. With your help, he will learn what is expected of him and behave in an appropriate manner. Your dog can already do these things, they just need to be shown how to do them.
Positive reinforcement is important when training your dog. Reward your dog with some treats right after they obey an order. If you do not give the treat right away, your dog is not going to understand why you are rewarding it.
Feed your dog a healthy diet. The effects a bad diet has on your dog extend further than you might think. It is damaging to their health as well as making them more prone to bad behaviors. With the right healthy diet, your dog will be more energetic and eager to please during training sessions.
Make sure your teething puppy has a bunch of chew toys readily available to him, and keep other things he likes to chew on away from him. Put the chew toy in front of it immediately so it learns that this toy is what it should be chewing. If your puppy needs to chew because he is teething, try a frozen washcloth.
When house training your dog, be sure your dog has a predictable feeding and elimination routine. Your dog will adjust to the schedule and he will quickly learn that his outside time is when he should go to the bathroom. Being consistent will teach the dog to hold it until it is time to go outside.
Use primary reinforcement to train your dog. Primary reinforcement involves utilizing something that the dog loves to reward good behavior. Rewards can be rubbing a dog’s belly or giving it a treat. This teaches your dog something that they desire.
If your dog likes to bark you need to be aware of why they are doing so. Whether your dog barks in response to other dogs, people, certain sounds or something else, it is important to habituate him to this circumstance. Once used to these things, your pet will know that barking is not necessary.
Train your dog to stop barking with a treat. Each time your dog barks, wave a treat in front of him and voice your command. When your dog quits barking, offer him the treat. By repeating this, the dog learns that silence brings treats.
It is very important to train your dog early enough to head off the development of bad behavior. It is much more difficult to break a dog’s bad habits, than to teach it correct behavior in the beginning. For example, if you are adamant about your dog not being a beggar, then never make any exceptions to handing him food from your table.
Use different tones when training your dog. Use different tones for orders, praises, warnings and reprimands so your dog can easily distinguish your different reactions. Use a sharp and firm tone for commands and a loud tone to correct his behaviors, saving the natural tone for praises.
If your dog is accompanying you on a trip, be sure to bring along whatever your dog needs for sleeping, eating and eliminating. Bring food and water bowls, waste baggies and treats for a good trip. You do not have to bring some food for your dog with you because you can easily find quality food anywhere you go.
Now that you are armed with some great advice, you are all set to begin the task of training your dog. The dog will enjoy pleasing the owner as much as the owner enjoys seeing the dog responding to the training they are administering.