Shelters are filled with dogs that didn’t live up to owners’ expectations. Properly trained dogs are healthy and happy members of a family. It need not be difficult to transform your dog into a dog that meets that description; all you have to do is follow some simple steps and put in a bit of time.
Timing is critical during puppy training, and you must spend sufficient time on training without doing too much. Start small and build up a bit daily. Try to determine when your dog stops paying attention to you during your sessions.
Try to think like your dog. It’s easy to get irritated with them when they aren’t learning the basics quickly or even at all. Understand your dogs position, to reduce any tension that you may have towards them. You should think about how your dog might see things in the world.
You need to establish regular feeding routines for your dog. He has to know when the food will arrive and it should be on schedule, but he also needs to know when the food will be removed again. This will ensure he eats it all quickly instead of doddling or grazing all day.
As you train your dog to use the bathroom, keep in mind what whatever they eat will also come out. To keep your pet regular, feed him quality food a couple of times daily at the same hour. Doing this will provide you with some idea of when you should let your puppy go outside to use the restroom. This will decrease the risk of any accidents.
It is best to train your dog in a crate that is the right size. Don’t forget that puppies get bigger. Choose a crate that is sure to fit them suitably when they hit adult size. They have to be comfortable moving around inside to ensure they aren’t crowded.
Showing him that you are in control is the first lesson to teach your dog. If the dog does not understand that you have control he will ignore your commands and act with outright disobedience. When you walk with your dog, be sure to keep him at heel since you are the leader.
Always call your dog’s attention by doing the same thing. First, say his name, then the command. This will get his attention, and then you can tell him what to do. Dogs are more likely to respond immediately whenever their name is called because they are aware that you want their attention.
In order to have a great dog, you need to learn control and firmness. However, that doesn’t mean yelling at your dog. Be loving while maintaining your authority. This way you will develop a strong bond with your dog.
Using different tones for different training purposes can be a useful tool in training a dog. Praise, commands and corrections ought to have different tones associated with them so that the dog can understand what it is you want. Keep your commands short and sharp while corrections should be louder.
As has been proven in this piece, having a dog that is well-behaved, healthy and happy is not an impossibility. Love, attention and training are the key components for a well-rounded dog. Utilize the tactics above to help your dog become a part of the family.