Both you and your dog will be significantly happier once he is trained. A dog who is well-trained will know how to behave. With a dog who has been trained, you can be confident about leaving him at home without supervision, having guests in your home and taking him along with you in public places. Although it is time consuming teaching and training your dog, the time you invest in your dog will pay off.
When you are working on crate training with your new dog or puppy, always take steps to let them know it’s their home. When meal time comes, place the food bowl in the crate and keep the door open while the dog eats. The dog will recognize the crate as having delicious food.
The first rule to remember when you begin to house train your puppy is that what you feed them will eventually come out the other end. You can promote consistency and regularity by feeding your pet on a firm schedule two or three times daily with only the highest quality of food. This will give you an idea of when to take your puppy out and lessen the chance of accidents.
Be certain your dog knows that you are the leader of your pack. Make sure he knows that you know what you are doing and are in control of the situation. Then he will look to you and defer to your judgment. In practice, this means that you should walk ahead when walking your dog, for instance, rather than allowing him or her to take the lead.
Teach your dog the “down” command. This command is useful to build upon, or on its own in emergency situations. Teaching your dog the down command can be extremely useful.
Your dog should know the difference between right and wrong at all times. Everyone in your house needs to enforce these strict rules. It undermines your efforts quickly!
Training your dog will establish rules for them and for you. It will help you to be able to have a leadership position over your dog and help you both to have a fulfilled relationship together. Don’t forget to continue providing reinforcement. Constantly review what you have taught him and correct any issues. After your dog has learned the basics, you can work together more effectively to instill more complex behaviors.