Many dogs are dropped off at an animal shelter by owners perturbed by their pet’s behavior; however, with proper training this situation can be avoided. If trained correctly, your dog can be a pleasant addition to your family. A little bit of time, patience and repetition are all it takes to turn your dog into a more respectful companion.
Commands and corrections should be short and straight to the point. Don’t drag on and rant how your dog is bad. Just say “no” and show them what to do instead. Also make sure that the volume of your voice commands their attention and lets them know that you mean business.
Keep your dog well exercised and active. Dogs can become bored very easily. Bored dogs are difficult to train. When your dog gets regular exercise, he will be much happier and will pay attention more easily. Make long walks or daily runs a part of your routine that you and your dog can look forward to.
Dogs tend to concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of everything else unless that concentration is interrupted. With frequent practice, your dog will begin to focus on you and the signals you are giving him instead of other distractions.
If you want to be successful in house training an animal, make sure that you stick to a strict schedule for feeding times and elimination times. Your dog will adjust to the schedule and he will quickly learn that his outside time is when he should go to the bathroom. Then he will become practiced at waiting until the right time.
Patience is the greatest virtue in puppy training. Patience is the best way to keep your dog from becoming confused and for you to remain calm. Your dog wants to make you happy, but sometimes it just does not understand you.
Don’t overdo your training sessions, keep them brief and interesting for best results. If you spend too much time doing one training exercise, your dog will become bored. Do not spend more than 10 minutes on each session.
You indicate that jumping up is an unacceptable behavior by grabbing the dogs paws, squeezing gently and guiding them back down to the ground. As long as you gently squeeze their paws, you won’t cause harm to your dog. Instead, you’ll just give them an comfortable feeling. They should learn to stop jumping because they don’t like the reaction they get.
Identify a single word that you will use as a no-bark command. Use negative reinforcement to stop your dog from barking when it engages in this action. You can then give it the treat. As time passes your dog will understand that his incessant barking is not allowed.
The best way to train your dog is to use different tones of voices. Each type of command should use a different type of tone. Keep your commands short and sharp while corrections should be louder.
You should be sure to respond positively when your dog does something good. Smile often and keep treats handy to ensure that the positive reinforcement is quick and consistent. Negative behavior should never be rewarded because then, your dog will associate this bad thing with a positive reward, which will cause your dog to only continue this bad thing.
As previously stated, the idea of having good dog is not farfetched. The needs of your pet need to be paramount in your mind when it comes time to train your animal. By following these steps you can make your dog a part of the family.