Part of being a responsible dog owner is recognizing the important role training plays in a dog’s life. Whether it’s basic obedience or advanced training, dogs must be socialized and taught how to be good canine citizens. Training is also necessary to keeping your dog happy and safe. Here is some advice on how successfully train your dog and find a trainer.
Make it clear to your dog that their crate is their home. Feed them in their crate and keep it open for them to come in and out. They will think of their crate as a happy place.
If you are attempting to crate train your dog, remember that it is a multi-step process. When they’ve settled down with the gate open, slowly shut it and pass treats through the gate. Start off small, like 10 seconds at a time, and slowly move up the times. If the dog becomes upset, then you need to take a step back and slow down the training.
When you verbally correct your dog, do it quickly and concisely. Yelling and screaming at your dog is counterproductive. Say no and let them know what you would rather have them do. It is also important to have good volume to your commands so that your dog understands that you are serious.
A healthy diet is important to the health and well-being of your dog. If your dog isn’t getting what he needs from his diet, he will have a hard time concentrating during training. It not only makes your dog unhealthy but can make him misbehave as well. With the right healthy diet, your dog will be more energetic and eager to please during training sessions.
Give your puppy his own toys that he can chew to remove pain due to teething, and keep him away from chewing other items. Give it one of his chew toys immediately. Try a frozen washcloth to alleviate the pain of teething for your puppy.
Do not tie more than one dog in the same area. The leashes or chains can become intertwined, causing harm to one or more of the dogs. If a large dog becomes tangled with a smaller one they could wrap up to the point the airway of the latter is closed off and the dog would die.
You will have to repeat commands several times before your dog learns it. You might have to keep repeating something to a dog as much as fifty times for it to ‘click’. Keep teaching it and be patient. The dog will learn in time.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you and your friends and family enjoy your pet much more. Training your dog properly will mean the difference between a pleasant dog owner experience and a negative one. No matter if you choose to attempt your own dog training or you enlist the aid of a professional, making sure your pet is fully trained is a great way to ensure the happiness of you and your companion.