There are certain common traits to all dogs’ behavior, regardless of their size or breed. You should try to think like a dog and you will have no problem with training. This article should help anyone get into the right mindset if they are not already there.
Your dog will get used to its crate if it can feel at home in it. To help your puppy feel at home, place your puppy’s food dish inside the crate. This way that start to like their crate even more.
Gradual increments are easiest on your dog when going through crate training. 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. Start off with small periods, for example 10 seconds or so, and gradually increase crate time. If your dog becomes restless, you may be ramping up too quickly.
Continuously maintain all training that you have done with your dog, and consider adding new behaviors as you go. A lot of times owners thing training is a one time event. Dogs forget things just like humans do; however, and the dog will lose discipline without practice. So, it’s very important that you review your training with your dog regularly.
“Leave It!” should be one of the first commands that a puppy learns. This command instructs them to release an object and walk away. You can use this command for a number of purposes. For example, it is used to prevent the dog from chewing on something or even to guide them out of harm’s way.
You should always call your dog in the same way. First, say his name, then the command. This gets his attention, then you can follow through with the command. Dogs quickly recognize their name which allows you to get their attention.
To enforce positive behavior when it comes to training your dog, be sure that you praise your dog. You can act as though you are super excited and talk to them in a happy tone of voice. Be careful that you do not inadvertently reward unwanted behavior or your dog will think you want him to repeat it.
Training should be disciplined but also fun for the dog. Be aware of your dog’s personality and conform training to fit his cycles; try limiting learning sessions to a few minutes at a time. Vary your rewards. When your dog does a good job, shower him with praise. When training is fun, he will pay attention and listen to what you say.
Although it’s sometimes difficult to be patient with your dog, it’s important that you try to be as patient as possible. Your dog does not understand English, nor is he a person. He will pick up physical gestures, and this is how he will learn from you. Keep your cool, and take breaks if you find yourself too frustrated to continue a training session.
Call your dog’s name at least three times positively after you have been forced to issue a reprimand. Dog’s should associate their name with positive things only.
Treats are the best way to begin training your dog. After they get used to it, try giving them treats a lot less.
See to it that you’re not giving your pet wrong signals when it behaves badly. Laughing at bad behavior, even if it is funny, will encourage your dog to repeat it. This can seriously slow your training program, and cause considerable frustration for you. Even if your dog does something hilarious, be consistently stern in your corrections of misbehavior.
Understanding how dogs think can make puppy training easier. A person who has this kind of insight can be a more effective trainer. Now that more knowledge has been gained about puppy training, it should go smoothly.